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Volvo publishes WLTP-cycle fuel and CO2 data

Volvo has published latest fuel and CO2 figures across its UK range under testing for the new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) standard.

Volvo V40

Volvo V40

Mandatory from 1 September 2018 for all new cars in the EU, the new testing regime is intended to provide a more accurate representation of a car’s fuel and CO2 performance in the real world and is expected to result in CO2 increases of around 20% compared to NEDC figures.

Although company car Benefit in Kind tax and Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) will be based on WLTP figures from April 2020 – with the UK government still to announce how the new regime will work – there’s a crossover period where both sets of data will be required. All new vehicles will be WLTP-tested, and converted to ‘NEDC correlated’ fuel economy and CO2 emissions using a tool called CO2MPAS. In the UK, these simulated NEDC figures will be used for VED and BiK up to April 2020, and it’s these figures that Volvo has published for the whole of its range.

The figures – which are available on the Fleet World Car Tax Calculator as well as Volvo’s own website – bring a number of changes, including for the V40, which sees starting CO2 emissions for the manual D2 118bhp diesel rise from 94g/km to 122g/km (a 30% increase), putting it in the 29% BiK bracket for the current tax year compared to 23% before.

Meanwhile the S90 sees the CO2 for the D5 diesel go from 127g/km to 142g/km (an 11.8% increase), putting it in the 33% BiK bracket compared to 30% BiK before.

The carmaker said it was the first to provide the figures across its range. Jon Wakefield, Volvo Car UK’s managing director, commented: “Volvo welcomed the new WLTP testing methods when they were first announced, as greater transparency in areas such as fuel consumption and emissions helps customers make better informed buying decisions.

“We are pleased that we are the first to sell a complete range of cars that meets the new testing standards,” he added.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.