WLTP and European Emissions Standards

Separate from European Emissions Standards, which measures cars from Euro I through Euro VI, the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) is the new standard for calculating fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions for passenger cars. As of 1 September, all new cars must receive a WLTP rating. Cars evaluated by the old system, RDE (real driving emissions), aren’t considered new after 1 September. This change doesn’t affect their roadworthiness. Also, since the WLTP has no impact European Emissions Standards, there is no effect on driving through London. The new Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) in London requires a Euro IV rating, introduced in 2006, for petrol cars. This means driving a petrol car registered after 1 January 2006 should remain compliant after the WLTP introduction on 1 September.

“The biggest discounts are for in-stock cars that don’t meet the new regulations but remain road legal, and which are typically available as ex-demo or pre-registration cars.” – Daily Express

Due to the new WLTP standards, we’ve found savings of up to 36% off! Once purchasing your car, keep us in mind for upcoming MOT tests.

Affect on current new cars and potential savings

Since the WLTP is a completely new system, current dealership inventory must be advertised as “used” after 1 September. This change, mainly affecting auto manufacturers, creates a surplus of “used cars.” To make room for new inventory meeting WLTP requirements, many dealerships currently offer deep discounts on RDE evaluated cars through 31 August. In this situation, the consumer benefits greatly. There is opportunity to purchase a petrol car, never driven before, at discounts up to 36%. To access huge savings, check out platforms like What Car? and Buyacar.

“Used cars” – Buyacar offering biggest discounts

Reported earlier this month, What Car? quoted a top discount of 20.5% off a Citroen C4 Spacetourer. Topping this price reduction, Buyacar offers a Seat Toledo 1.0 TSI 110 Excellence for £7,550 – 36% off the advertised price. If you don’t require a car meeting exact specifications, it’s possible to score a new car at used prices. If you’re in the market for a car, there’s really no better time to buy than now.