Opel due to begin publishing Real-Life Fuel Economy And CO2 Figures

Ben Treadwell - 17 December 2015

This week Opel has announced its plans to published fuel economy and emissions figures according to the World Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP). The voluntary move is designed to increase transparency to authorities in light of the recent VW emissions scandal.

The WLTP is due to be replaced by the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) beginning in 2017 and will offer an improved set of real world driving conditions that should drastically improve the efficacy of emissions testing of diesel vehicles.

Opel has pointed to the usage of SCR for their ability to further improve their vehicles ability to reduce harmful emissions. Opel Group CEO, Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann has stated that "We are capable of further improving the effectiveness of reduction of oxides of nitrogen emissions from our Euro 6 diesels with SCR technology and so we are making an improvement towards future RDE specifications," Dr. Neumann also mentioned "We will use SCR as the mainstream system for Euro 6 diesel going forward as we continue to develop improved technologies to explore higher efficiencies."

The first vehicle from the group to used WLTP with be the Astra in summer of 2016 along with the updated SCR systems which will be retrofitted into 43,000 vehicles that area already on the road.

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