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WLTP- What is it? By Rachel Allen (Leasepoint Admin)

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We’ve heard a lot recently about WLTP and the new Government enforced testing, but how much do you know? I must admit, I didn’t know that much, except it was causing delays across all makes and models of new vehicles that are in build at the car factories! So, when I was asked to write an article explaining what it was and the affect or benefit from it, I needed to do some serious research!.

The main questions I have looked at; What is WLTP? I found a very helpful website run by the EU who defines the testing as;

Under conditions defined by EU Law, the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) laboratory test is used to measure fuel consumption and CO2 emissions from passenger cars, as well as their pollutant emissions.

But to most of us who doesn’t speak EU Law, I have roughly translated this to mean; Introduce a better way to test fuel and emissions so that it will help fleets and drivers to make better choices.

I have read a few different articles and news columns on this subject, before writing this one and discovered (shockingly?!) that depending on who wrote each article WLTP is either a good thing or in some cases not. The government stance is that WLTP is a good thing and will give all consumers better information on new vehicles to help them make better choices on new vehicles in the future.

However, after the initial phase of testing, which is happening now, the rest is based on estimates and guesswork.

I have discovered that the more research I did into the subject of WLTP Testing, the more confusing all the various information became! All in all, the motor industry as a whole is just going to have to wait and see what happens in the future because the only thing that is 100% confirmed at this moment in time, is that all makes and model of vehicles are going through the tests and it is causing delays across the board with thousands of customers affected.

From what we understand, the major manufacturers will have until late October 2018 to re-classify their C02 emissions / figures, from which point the waters of vehicle factory lead times will greatly settle, in which case we look forward to getting back to reliable lead times for the production of our customers vehicles. If you have any queries just let us know on 01270 620 760 or via sales@leasepoint.co.uk

Posted by LPN on September 4th 2018

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