DPF Opportunities & Ranges
Improved parts reliability has taken away some simple exhaust fitment work from garages, but thanks to new emissions regulations there are still plenty of opportunities for factors and garages with products such as diesel particulate filters (DPFs).
The EU has introduced stricter limits on emissions levels from light passenger vehicles, particularly for emissions for nitrogen oxides and particulates. The DPF collects and stores soot particles preventing them from coming out of the exhaust exit.
Particulate filters need to purge, but since many are predominantly driven on local journeys at low speeds, they don’t get hot enough to burn off excess matter. DPFs are therefore predicted to become one of the highest demand-growth products in the aftermarket.
DPFs were first fitted by Peugeot as far back as 2001 yet they are still a relative “unknown” in the aftermarket. They are high value items which are not well understood by the motorist who is often tempted to take their car back to the main dealer.
In 1979 the average cost to the motorist for a replacement exhaust system was around £140. By 2013 a replacement exhaust system (exhaust, catalytic converter and DPF) is expected to cost almost £2,300 – this is due to parts such as DPFs which are required under new emission regulations.
Emission legislation requires that all vehicles manufactured under the Euro 5 standard (from Sept ’09 to Aug ’14) must be fitted with Type Approved DPFs. However, vehicles manufactured prior to Euro 5 do not require Type Approved DPFs. Some manufacturers started producing and using engines which met the Euro 5 standard before September 2009 and these vehicles also have to meet the Euro 5 standard.
Research shows that competitors have had aggressive development programmes and as such have predominantly limited their ranges to non-Type Approved products. Klarius’ ranges have historically been 100% Type Approved, but in the interest of providing a competitive DPF programme, Klarius has developed a non-Type Approved range which has been designed and adapted for pre-Euro 5 vehicles. This is called the Standard range and will sit alongside the Type Approved range, offering the customer a choice on pre-Euro 5 applications. Aligning with the legal requirements, the Type Approved range remains as the only option available for vehicles which need to comply with Euro 5.
The Standard range has been developed to give garages a cost-effective alternative to Type Approved parts and means that garages that deal with older vehicles on a regular basis, and the factors that supply to them, can now offer their customers quality products at an affordable price.
DPFs are complicated in operation as they need to work in harmony with the vehicle electronics system. Poorly designed products can adversely affect operating conditions, monitoring of emissions and actuation of the regeneration process. The Standard range is manufactured to Klarius’ technical specification and high quality standards.