Are our manufacturers ready to comply with this "European standard"? And how much will this transition to civilization cost the ordinary consumer - the buyer of domestic cars?
POSTPONING MORE WITHOUT
In general, the spread of European environmental standards to the Russian fleet has been discussed since the mid-nineties. But then, during the period of the “overstocking” of the market with the first foreign cars and the first improved Russian models, the prospect of a tough introduction of euronorms seemed rather vague. Meanwhile, the Euro II norm in Europe itself was established back in 1996. Since then, emissions requirements for car engines have continued to be tightened - and in Europe, the Euro IV standard has been introduced for a year now. In our country, Euro II was supposed to be introduced in mid-2002, but it received a reprieve several times.
Initially, manufacturers blamed it - they are de incapable of making cars with injection systems and exhaust gas aftertreatment. Those, in turn, blamed the oil industry, who seemed to be unable to establish the production of fuel that meets the new standard. However, whether the oil companies are ready to switch to Euro II is another story.
On the whole, public opinion was formed through the efforts of the manufacturers - the transition to Euro II will lead to a rise in the price of our cars by as much as $ 1, 000! Agree, a serious argument against "civilization." Today, however, it turns out that the difference is only 300–500 dollars, and only potential buyers of the “people's” Oka can feel it tangibly in the general increase in car prices. But there is another argument - the unpreparedness for such a transition of our car service.
- For a province where a carburetor rules the ball, the maintenance of injection systems may initially cause difficulties, - said Igor Vengerov, general director of the Research Institute of Automobile Transport. - But it is worth recalling in this connection that Europe, too, was moving to new standards with some problems. So we are not the first and not the last …
FOR WHOM EXCEPTION
In October last year, at a meeting of the government, the technical requirements regarding the emission of toxic substances into the atmosphere by automobiles were finally approved. It is curious, but even the members of the cabinet did not fully understand why these norms were being introduced and whom they would hit the most. For example, Minister of Defense Sergei Ivanov became nervous, who said that the introduction of these requirements "will lead to an increase in the defense order by 10%." Others worried about the fate of retirees who ride old "pennies." Industry Minister Khristenko had to explain that it was exclusively about new cars. As for supplies for the army, the Euro II norms will most likely not apply to military equipment. While the question remains open, despite the fact that all information regarding army weapons is closed. Retired also calmed down. For cars "Oka", which is allocated according to the so-called social programs, Euro II standards will not be temporarily applied. As for the rest of the cars that go off the assembly lines of domestic factories, it’s very simple - it turns out that everyone is ready for the introduction of Euro II!
EVERYTHING AT THE VAZ IS QUIET
AvtoVAZ has been waiting for a document on the introduction of Euro II standards since 2004, and even then they were technically ready for this. Now, according to the assurance of the company's marketers, “in connection with the planned introduction of systems compliant with Euro II, a sharp rise in price is not expected. VAZ’s products added in price over several years and there will be no leap.” About the same situation in Nizhny Novgorod.
“We were ready to switch to Euro II at the first signal,” explained Sergey Lugovoi, spokesman for the car factory. - In our lineup, such a transition is uncomplicated.
According to him, virtually all of the "Volga", released in 2005, were equipped with engines with injection. In addition, buses and trucks are equipped with such motors. And medium-tonnage cars are equipped with a Minsk diesel engine corresponding to Euro II.
The press secretary of the Severstal-Auto group of companies (UAZ, ZMA and ZMZ) Andrey Koterev is confident that by April all the products of the enterprises will comply with Euro II:
- To transfer one car to Euro II is $ 500-700. Our all-terrain vehicles will rise in price somewhat, but this is a normal process. It is very important that the government regulates the import of used foreign cars - you cannot create the conditions for unfair competition.
According to A. Koterev, it is not expected that there will be difficulties with the transfer of the Oka and the UAZ-3303 and UAZ-3962 minibuses to Euro II: such work is ongoing and should be completed by April.
Is it worth it to fear the arrival of new euros?
“Russian manufacturers are ready for the transition to Euro II,” says V. Shevtsov, Severstal-Auto CEO. - As for higher standards - Euro III and Euro IV, the proposed schedule for the transition to them with a gap of two to three years may be overstressed. After all, we are talking about serious investments, and the payback period for projects to switch to Euro III and IV may be longer than the time frame that the government devotes to this.