Volkswagen estimates the profit burden of meeting the new rules will be more than €1 billion (£890 million)

Car makers are racing to ensure their ranges are compliant with the new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) for emissions and fuel consumption before it comes into force on 1 September.

The WLTP test will replace the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) procedure and includes real-world testing and a greater focus on individual models and lines.

Cars sold after 1 September must have passed the new test and that has led to certain models, particularly those with heavily tuned, downsized engines and more strained high-performance units, being withdrawn from sale while they are reconfigured to meet the new WLTP test.

New WLTP emissions test: when it's in force and how it could affect your car

Doing so has been hugely costly for manufacturers. Volkswagen estimates the profit burden of meeting the new rules will be more than €1 billion (£890 million). Mercedes-Benz has also warned that it expects its profits to fall later this year as a result, although it now says that it has tested all models according to the new standards. 

To gauge the impact of WLTP, an Autocar survey of car firms revealed that, while most were expecting no issues or delays due to WLTP, several have been forced to suspend production or axe models to meet the new rules.

Volkswagen Group brands have been particularly affected by the change in tests. Audi, Seat, Skoda and VW all issued a similar statement that they are restricted from disclosing exactly which model linesare due to change or are experiencing delays.

Several key VW models have had their emissions or fuel consumption ratings changed by the WLTP tests. The emissions and fuel consumption of the VW Up GTI were increased to 127-129g/km and 42mpg from 110g/km and 49mpg. The Golf R’s power output has been reduced from 306bhp to 296bhp due to WLTP, a decline understood to be due to a more restrictive exhaust system to cut NOx emissions. The Seat Leon Cupra R will also have its output reduced by 10bhp.

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Several models have been suspended from sale or withdrawn because of the new test. Porsche suspended orders for its entire range due to the WLTP switch and has yet to confirm the engine range for its recently revised Macan.

The most notable car removed from sale is the VW Golf GTI, which won’t be replaced, with the next-gen model due next year. The Audi SQ5 is suspended and the 1.4-litre TFSI-engined Audi A4 has been replaced with a 2.0-litre TFSI unit with the same power output.

Skoda’s range-topping Superb has had its output cut from 276bhp to 268bhp, and the 1.4-litre TFSI Kodiaq engine has been swapped for a 1.5-litre version.

The delays in switching production to WLTP-compliant cars has caused deliveries to fall behind: Seat sources estimate a four-to-eight-month wait for bestselling models.

Elsewhere, Peugeot halted production of the 308 GTi 270 in May and build of a WLTP- compliant version will not resume until October. Similar production suspensions have affected 128bhp and 163bhp versions of the 2008, 3008 and 5008.

Who will be affected by WLTP?

Autocar asked car manufacturers whether their ranges were ready for the new tests.

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Alfa Romeo, BMW, Citroën, Dacia, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Mazda, MercedesMini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Renault, Ssangyong, Suzuki, Toyota, Vauxhall, Volvo

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29 August 2018

 A billion Euros, no wonder they were tempted into fudging emissions!

Peter Cavellini.

29 August 2018

what they think of how vw have handled wltp !!! Some Cars ordered at the beginning of the year still haven’t been delivered and build dates keep being put back, month after month after month. I know a couple of buyers of vw products that are feed up and have cancelled orders due to long delays.

customer service from vw, not sure they really care about their customers. Wouldn’t be surprised if all vw customers (with orders) waiting for their cars, are hit with a price rise when their cars are finally built and delivered. I think that would be enough for many to cancel and buy something else.

29 August 2018

Having worked in the Volkswagen franchise, any customer order is ‘price protected’ as soon as it is ordered and customer assigned on their ‘SLi’ system.So..regardless of the number of price increases, the customer would pay the price they were quoted.

Borabora2

29 August 2018
ScottpolocoupeS wrote:

Having worked in the Volkswagen franchise, any customer order is ‘price protected’ as soon as it is ordered and customer assigned on their ‘SLi’ system.So..regardless of the number of price increases, the customer would pay the price they were quoted.

you might want to inform your colleagues and your bosses about how hacked off a lot of their customers are about delay after delay of the orders they’ve placed for a new VW. 

29 August 2018

I thought the whole aim of WLTP (World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test) was to simplify life for car makers by introducing a single global test in place of the many that exist. But it seems to be just a very stringent European test which ultimately will make our cars more expensive. 

And why direct all the clean air responsibility towards the car manufacturers. Don't the fuel companies have any bearing on emissions, or the end users whose driving and maintenance of vehicles is largely uncontrolled? I'd bet that if the average diesel was driven sensibly, instead of constant on and off throttle as is the trend, then actual emissions would plummet.    

29 August 2018

Good headline but other manufacturers in the 'ready' category are also affected, despite what they might tell you.

The Up GTI data is inaccurate, the CO2 remains at 110 g/km and is type approved for WLTP. For the Golf GTI, the base car is removed but the GTI Performance remains on sale. Come on, this stuff is easy!


29 August 2018

....it's likely because they didn't spend it when they were meant to have,I suggest they were too busy making arrogant and untruthful TV commercial about other car companies being "phonies" and likening them to fake parachutes and dodgy alarm clocks.

29 August 2018

the VW group struggling with emmisions again, who would have thought... They really are a disgraceful company, their products should be boycotted, they deserved to be driven out of business. 

29 August 2018
Citytiger wrote:

the VW group struggling with emmisions again, who would have thought... They really are a disgraceful company, their products should be boycotted, they deserved to be driven out of business. 

You REALLY dislike VAG don't you? I take it you have had a bad experience with one of their cars then?

 

29 August 2018
JezyG wrote:

Citytiger wrote:

the VW group struggling with emmisions again, who would have thought... They really are a disgraceful company, their products should be boycotted, they deserved to be driven out of business. 

You REALLY dislike VAG don't you? I take it you have had a bad experience with one of their cars then?

 

No never owned one, never wanted to own one. I just really dislike them for the fact that they are bought by sheeple who believe they are some sort of upmarket brand with great reliabilty and fantastic after care, who build world class vehicles, when the truth is the exact opposite.

I genuinely cant see how people are so taken in by them, the amount of scandals surrounding them and their products would have driven many other companies to extinction, but people keep buying them, and the media keep hyping them up. The fact they have senior management languishing in prison should be more than enough to put the public off them, the fact they are one of the onlt brands struggling to meet the new testing criteria should be enough. 

The fact they have misled the majority of the western world about the amount of pollution their products pump out, offer a fix, that actually damages or makes vehicles run worse after it, should be enough. 

 

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