Vauxhall to publish real-world fuel/emissions data 0


A few weeks ago we covered a story about PSA Peugeot Citroen announcing their plan to publish real-world fuel economy (mpg) and emissions figures to the public. Well, Vauxhall Opel has now become the second carmaker in the UK to join the transparency plan.

After the Volkswagen emissions scandal hit, buyers have been much more cautious about the figures that auto manufacturers claim for their cars. We’ve always known that no matter how carefully you drive, that new car you bought isn’t going to match the brand’s claims. But, after the VW admission, just how far off actually are the real figures?

To regain trust back into the car industry, Vauxhall has joined PSA’s plans to reveal real-world data. These figures won’t be gathered from a car in a laboratory setting, they’ll be measured using real driving conditions on real roads. An independent adjudicator will team up with the brands to help administer the test and record the findings, and hopefully they’ll be as close to the claimed numbers as possible.

The new Vauxhall Astra will be the first model to be tested under the real-world conditions.

The new Vauxhall Astra will be the first model to be tested under the real-world conditions.

The figures for real CO2 and NOx emissions, and accurate fuel economy should be ready by summer 2016, say Vauxhall. Like we said in our PSA post, this could help or seriously hinder sales if the results prove negative. Both carmakers must trust their models to take the risk of revealing the real figures to the buying public.

“The events and discussions in the last weeks and months have shown that there is a tremendous focus on the automotive industry and it is now time to act based on the learnings,” says Opel boss Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann. “It is obvious to me that the diesel discussion is a turning point. The world is not as it was before. We cannot ignore this and it is in the hands of the automotive industry to change the perception of the new reality.”

Before the RDE (Real Driving Emissions) tests become mandatory in 2017, we think more brands should follow Vauxhall and PSA’s lead and publish real-world results. The show of transparency it creates will help buyers rebuild their confidence in the industry.



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