Volvo has announced that it is the first car manufacturer in the UK market to comply with new fuel consumption and emission testing regulations.

All of Volvo’s petrol, diesel and hybrid 2019 model year vehicles have passed the Euro 6d-temp emissions tests. Production of the new, fully compliant range began in April.

The announcement ensures that the Swedish manufacturer is ahead of the September 1st deadline. Once that date has passed, all cars sold in Europe are to meet Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) requirements.

Jon Wakefield, Volvo Car UK’s managing director, said: “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.

“We are pleased that we are the first to sell a complete range of cars that meets the new testing standards.”

The WLTP tests have been enforced to give consumers a more realistic set of figures regarding a car’s efficiency and emissions, with new test methods introduced to ensure that the figures are more reflective of real driving conditions.

The test replaces the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). Both tests allowed drivers to compare emissions results of individual vehicles, but the new system has been optimised to ensure realism, with a focus on increasing speeds, mimicking real-life driving behaviour and taking on more types of road for longer distances. Therefore, the resulting economy figures are a better representation of what a car will produce on a day-to-day basis.

Ted Welford


May 21, 2018