So you may ask what on earth are you talking about? What is WLTP?
WLTP stands for Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure to establish the official Fuel Consumption and CO2 emissions of new cars. It is a replacement for the "old" NEDC (New European Drive Cycle) tests. It has been introduced to achieve an internationally standardised measure across cars and light commercial vehicles that seeks to be more realistic for consumers.
The WLTP test cycle has been redefined in such a way that it is more representative of "real-life" customer driving including higher speeds and loads, increased acceleration and changes to the rolling and stop phases of the test. WLTP also includes the effect of options on the vehicle’s aerodynamics, rolling resistance and mass when measuring its fuel consumption and emissions. For example wider tyres increase consumption. We all have seen the skinny tyres on the Eco vehicles and those thinner tyres help reduce energy cosumption.
Now here’s the fun bit.
Any vehicles that have not been subjected to WLTP testing by September 2018 will no longer be able to be registered, and therefore unable to be sold or enter the retail or lease marketplace after this date.
We expect some manufacturers who have brand new vehicles in stock which have not been through WLTP testing, will need to sell these vehicles as they must be registered by 31st August 2018. This means that we will see a number of manufacturers offer deals on these "pre-registered" vehicles which we can pass on to you. Plan well, spend less
Here is an example of what we mean. Golf GTI’s have never been so cheap! Find out just how little it could cost you to drive a brand new Golf GTI by clicking here.