love and hate are often very close to each other – just look at SUVs: ten years ago, only selected models were on offer, the market share of Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) stood at around ten percent. Today, more than every third in Europe for new cars sold is a Pseudo-SUVs – and the demand continues to rise. So SUVs are loved by the buyers, the more you will be hated by climate activists, city dwellers, or often just the neighbors.

Ferdinand Dudenhöffer, Director of the Center for Automotive Research at the University of Duisburg-Essen (D) and as a “car Pope” one of the most quoted car expert, has studied how much of the emits average SUV compared to the other vehicles on exhaust. The result: in The first half of the year 2019, in Germany, the newly approved SUVs have pushed an average of 144 grams of CO2 per Kilometer, which corresponds to a consumption of 6.2 liters of gasoline per 100 kilometers.

Vans are hardly any CO2-cheaper

For comparison: In the case of Vans such as VW Touran, Renault Scénic and Opel Zafira CO2 emissions was, on average, at 139 g/km, with only five grams, or 0.2 l/100 km less than in the case of SUVs. “These cars would forbid not Green,” says Dudenhöffer. In the case of coupes, such as Audi A5, BMW 4 series or Mercedes E-class coupe, it’s in the cut at all 173 g CO2/km – converted, these vehicles consume so 1.25 l/100 km more than the average SUV.

Monster SUVs, are the Problem

The Image of the segment is spent according to Dudenhöffer, however, in the case of the “monsters under the SUV’s”, cars like Audi Q8, BMW X7 and Mercedes GLS so. While in 2010, only ten SUV models with a length of more than 4.90 meters were on the market, seiens, now 21. Their market share had increased in this period also at a low level of 2.3 percent in 2010 to 3.9 percent this year.

giant SUVs are niche cars

Just because this Monster-Cars are still niche products, warns Dudenhöffer of the car maker: “sustainability is in contradiction to giant SUVs. Ultimately, these cars can destroy more brand value than on the revenue side in the cash flows.” Because these models were purchased in Europe, but rather for markets such as the USA are designed, it might make sense, the vehicles no longer offer.

credibility in the climate debate

another advantage is: Since in Germany (and in Switzerland), the big SUVs, usually with a diesel engine would be sold, which is in the passenger car sector in the USA is virtually non-existent, would save a waiver of the Diesel development costs and the social acceptance of the Nobel manufacturer increase. Dudenhöffer says in conclusion: “the abolition of The giant SUVs would be for the manufacturer a way to achieve more credibility in the climate debate.”