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Opel to reveal 'real world' driving figures as EU wrangles over emission levels

Published 16/12/2015 | 02:30

Opel Astra
Opel Astra

The number of carmakers publishing more realistic consumption and emission figures is likely to increase next year after Opel announced it will publish 'real-world' CO2 and NOx emissions data from the spring.

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The figures will be from those arrived at during the World Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP). This is seen as being far more realistic than the current 'new' European Driving Cycle emissions test which it is scheduled to replace in 2017.

Opel's Astra will be the first to have the WLTP figures published in tandem with its regular fuel consumption and CO2 statistics.

The PSA group (Peugeot/Citroen) has already said it will conduct/publish real-world tests next year too. It says the fuel figures will have been vetted by an independent expert.

Opel revealed it is also working on Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) exhaust treatments in its Euro 6 engines. It intends fitting the improved system to new cars from next summer, but it can also be retro-fitted to current Zafira Tourer and Insignias.

However, as some carmakers move forward, the EU is embroiled in an internal wrangle over the permissible level of emissions. The European Parliament's environmental committee has just voted against new car pollution rules.

It says they are too lenient. As revealed here previously the Irish Government compromised so the watered-down proposals could advance without delay.

It agreed to rules that would have allowed more than double the official pollution limits. Now the proposals have been beaten (40-9), the legislation could be sent back for new rules to be drawn up.

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