Vauxhall has announced that it will be the latest UK car company to publish real-world emissions test results from summer 2016. The decision will see the brand become more transparent in the information it releases, and give motorists a more accurate idea of what to expect from its cars.
The Opel-owned company will publish results produced under the World Harmonized Light-Duty Vehicles (WLTP) testing scheme from this year. WLTP results are seen to give a more realistic view of fuel economy and NOx emissions when compared to New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) figures.
Testing will still take place in a lab environment, and the new Vauxhall Astra will be the first to be inspected under the new conditions. Opel has also revealed that it is looking at ways to improve NOx emissions before the Real Driving Emissions (RDE) test becomes mandatory in 2017. The company has stated that it is developing “improved solutions for the effectiveness of exhaust gas treatment systems” but was quick to note that this doesn’t mean using high-profile ‘defeat devices’.
“Our analyses in the last months show that we have no devices that tell us if our vehicles are in a test cycle or not [defeat devices]. Nevertheless, we also believe that we are capable of further improving the effectiveness of reduction of oxides of nitrogen emissions from our Euro 6 diesels.”
In the wake of recent emissions testing revelations, Opel Group CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann has also made the firm’s commitment to positive action clear: "The events and discussions in the last weeks and months have shown that there is a tremendous focus on the automotive industry and it is now time to act based on the learnings. It is obvious to me that the diesel discussion is a turning point."
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