New cars registered from 1st September must be certified according to the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP). The new test procedure gives customers more realistic fuel consumption data. Vauxhall has been preparing for these new standards for several years and the entire passenger car range meets these new requirements. This means that customers can order the whole range, from the ADAM to the Insignia, at Vauxhall retailers without having to fear lengthy delays in delivery.
“We have been working for several years already to prepare our model portfolio for the WLTP milestone, always under the guiding principle that we do not want any disruption for our customers. The result is that the introduction of WLTP on 1st September is almost a non-event for our stakeholders: the same cars are ready to order and ready for delivery, and this is 100 % of our portfolio,” said Stephen Norman, Vauxhall Managing Director.
Vauxhall’s thorough preparation for the WLTP regulations began back in June 2016 when WLTP fuel consumption figures were published for the current-generation Astra. Data was also measured and published for the introduction of the current Vauxhall Mokka X models. Vauxhall went a step further with the second generation of Insignia, type-approving the Insignia 2.0 BiTurbo Diesel according to the WLTP test procedure in the middle of 2017 – one year before the new rules would take effect.
For WLTP, all Vauxhall passenger cars have been fitted with state-of-the-art technologies such as Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) systems for diesel cars and Gasoline Particulate Filters (GPF) for direct injection petrol units.
What does WLTP mean?
Like the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), the WLTP is a laboratory test, but while the NEDC determines values based on a theoretical driving profile, the WLTP uses ‘real’ driving profiles drawn from a global statistical survey. The WLTP driving cycle is divided into four parts with different average speeds: low, medium, high and extra high. Each part contains a variety of driving phases, stops, acceleration and braking. Each engine/gearbox combination of a certain vehicle type is tested with the most economical as well as the most fuel-intensive vehicle equipment. While NEDC values are only valid for Europe, the data obtained with the WLTP cycle is comparable worldwide.
Steve Eley, Lookers Vauxhall Franchise Director, said: “It’s great to see Lookers Vauxhall so prepared when it comes to WLTP. This new procedure is an excellent way to identify realistic driving profiles and to help us drive more efficiently and responsibly. The preparation and organisation of Vauxhall has allowed us to seamlessly meet the WLTP certification deadline while offering our customers the same excellent level of service and choice.”