Volvo is first UK car maker to comply with new WLTP MPG and emission protocols
Volvo says it has become the first car manufacturer in
the UK to homologate its entire model range under the new Worldwide Harmonised
Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP).
All Volvo petrol, diesel and hybrid models now comply
with the Euro 6d-temp standard for tailpipe emissions, as part of the firm’s
model-year 2019 range update which started production in April.
Volvo also said it put the brand “well ahead” of the 1
September, 2018 deadline when only WLTP-homologated cars could be sold in
The aim of the new WLTP cycle is to ensure published fuel
economy and emissions, which all manufacturers legally must publish, offered a
more realistic reflection of real-world driving, helping customers to judge
better the fuel and emission efficiency of their car.
WLTP is a laboratory test, and replaces the New European
Driving Cycle (NEDC) that can trace its roots back to the 1980s. Both tests
enable customers to make comparisons between different vehicles, but WLTP uses
a driving cycle that is more reflective of on-road driving.
The WLTP test is also backed up by the new Real Driving
Emissions (RDE) test - an on-road test of up to 120 minutes, which evaluates a
car under a variety of driving conditions and speeds. A car can only be sold
once it passes both WLTP and RDE tests.
The figures Volvo publishes for its models are achieved
through the WLTP cycle, then correlated back to an NEDC equivalent for
“Volvo welcomed the new WLTP testing methods when they
were first announced, as greater transparency in areas such as fuel consumption
and emissions helps customers make better informed buying decisions,” said Jon
Wakefield, Volvo Car UK’s managing director.
The move to WLTP follows last year’s announcement that
all new Volvo models released from 2019 would be offered in electrified-only
variants, and a further announcement in April that Volvo was aiming for fully
electric cars to make up 50% of its global sales by 2025.