Advanced test centre has cost £8 million; it's the latest addition to Horiba MIRA’s site and features real-world testing capabilities

A new £8 million Advanced Emissions Test Centre (AETC) has been opened at Horiba MIRA’s automotive testing site in Nuneaton, Warwickshire.

The 12,000-square-foot facility, opened by Horiba chairman Atsushi Horiba today, has been created in response to increasingly stringent emissions limits in the automotive industry.

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It is able to test vehicles against global compliance limits including Euro 6d, as well as the new Real World Driving Emissions levels.

Using a four-wheel-drive dyno and featuring climatic soak rooms that can simulate temperatures of -20 to 35 degrees Celsius, the site can assess cars for a variety of global locations.

The opening of the facility has created several engineering jobs, with more due as the workforce expands into 2018. Horiba’s £8m investment in the centre also brings the Japanese brand’s total input up to almost £25m since it took ownership of the British site in 2015.

Horiba MIRA CEO George Gillespie said: "Vehicle manufacturers will now have access to world-class facilities and engineers to ensure their vehicles meet new emissions regulations, housed in one location in our central England headquarters.”

Horiba is also investing in the MIRA Technology Park, which is due to be opened in 2025 as a European research and development centre. The site is designed to attract automotive brands that want close access to MIRA’s testing facilities.

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5 July 2017
It would be great to find out how many VAG diesel variants actually are not cheating. If any.

5 July 2017
£8m for "real world testing capabilities."

If only we had a real world already built that could be used to give actual results...

5 July 2017
I don't know how that's going to work? A Volkswagen Golf Bluemotion is rated 88MPG but I know only one person who gets a tad over 65MPG while majority of drivers I have talked to get about 60 or less. That's more than 30% drop on the EDC! And VW is not alone. Real life driving test would see claimed MPG drop phenomenally below what is currently being claimed and the emissions take off. How will the car makers meet the carbon and other targets under the new driving cycle? In the long run EV seems to answer the question but what happens later this year when the new tests come into force?

6 July 2017
The car manufacturers, tyre manufacturers, brake pad manufacturers and fuel manufacturers need to realise that their products are poisoning us.

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