The fifth iteration of Europe's antipollution rules arrives in September. This might be a bit too soon for the automakers, since all new models being sold from that date onwards will be subject to stricter emissions rules (there's a comprehensive table of the limits after the jump). The German car association ADAC has taken the calculator out and has found that, among the 7,875 different model cars Germans can buy today, only 20 percent (1,539 models) are ready for the Euro V standards. Ouch. Looking a little further ahead, ADAC found that only four models are Euro VI compliant. Surprisingly, the brand that sells the most Euro V compliant cars is not German: Ford has 13 models ready, and two of them are diesels.

[Source: Auto News, Wikipedia]

European emission standards for passenger cars (Category M1*), g/km

Tier Date CO HC NOx HC+NOx PM
Diesel
Euro 1 July 1992 2.72 (3.16) - - 0.97 (1.13) 0.14 (0.18)
Euro 2 January 1996 1.0 - - 0.7 0.08
Euro 3 January 2000 0.64 - 0.5 0.56 0.05
Euro 4 January 2005 0.5 - 0.25 0.3 0.025
Euro 5 (future) September 2009 0.5 - 0.18 0.23 0.005
Euro 6 (future) September 2014 0.5 - 0.08 0.17 0.005
Gasoline
Euro 1† July 1992 2.72 (3.16) - - 0.97 (1.13) -
Euro 2 January 1996 2.2 - - 0.5 -
Euro 3 January 2000 2.3 0.2 0.15 - -
Euro 4 January 2005 1.0 0.1 0.08 - -
Euro 5 (future) September 2009 1.0 0.1 0.06 - 0.005**
Euro 6 (future) September 2014 1.0 0.1 0.06 - 0.005**
* Before Euro 5, passenger vehicles > 2500 kg were type approved as light commercial vehicles
** Applies only to vehicles with direct injection engines


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