Nissan Qashqais tops dirty diesel league table 0

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The Nissan Qashqai has been found to be one of the most polluting cars on the road.

Following a series of tests, conducted as part of the Allow Independent Road-Testing (AIR) Campaign, the most polluting diesels were named and shamed.

The campaign called for car manufacturers to base their emissions tests on ‘real world’ conditions instead of laboratory-based tests which don’t give a realistic representation of the vehicle’s pollution once the car is properly active.

The testing system for AIR was developed by UK firm Emissions Analytics and rates cars from A to H depending on how polluting their emissions are.

H is the worst rating, meaning that the car is at least 12 times more polluting than current regulations allow. Some of the cars tested however were 20 times worse.

The Qashqai – which is built at the Nissan plant in Sunderland – and the Juke both scored H. Other cars to score badly were the Renault Megane and Ford Mondeo, both receiving a G. Vehicles to do well during the tests were the BMW 5 Series and Porsche Panamera, both of which scored an A rating. The Mini hatchback also received the highest possible score.

Tamzen Isacsson, of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), accused AIR of “a failure to understand the legal and testing process”.

She said: “The new – and legally enforced – EU emissions testing is the toughest in the world and includes robust on-road testing giving consumers one single, independently verified source of information. This will provide hard evidence that industry is delivering on air quality goals.”

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