Opel announced that starting from summer it would provide additional info on the official fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, under the upcoming WLTP test cycle procedure.
From the end of June, and in addition to the official fuel consumption and CO2 information on Opel models, the automaker said it would publish fuel consumption numbers recorded under the “Worldwide Harmonized Light Duty Vehicles Test Procedure” (WLTP) test cycle, starting with the new Astra compact model. According to EU plans, the “New European Driving Cycle” (NEDC) will be replaced starting with 2017 with the updated WLTP standard. These figures will show a fuel consumption range with a low and a high number and the system will be also available for further of the brand’s models later this year, Opel said.
In addition, GM’s division is committed to cutting NOx emissions on Selective Catalytic Reduction diesel systems in new cars from August onwards, as an early intermediate step towards the so-called RDE (Real Driving Emissions) legislation that goes into effect in September 2017. This move also implies a voluntary recall of around 57,000 Euro 6 SCR diesels that are already on the road in Europe (Zafira Tourer, Insignia and Cascada) to reduce their emissions levels.
“I strongly believe that diesel technology will only continue to play a major role in Europe if the industry sticks to the path of continuous improvement,” said Opel Group CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann. “That is one of the reasons why we decided to implement SCR-Technology to the entire diesel fleet starting as of 2018.”