The case Dieselgate Volkswagen has served to re-open with more force than ever, a debate in the automotive industry. Are many consumers we complain about the unrealistic result of the approval testing of consumption and emissions. Currently, the tests are done in laboratory always according to the same parameters to compare cars on an equal footing, but that does not mean that the results approved are, in the reality of the drivers, very far from what eventually consumes and emits a car.
In this aspect PSA Peugeot-Citroën is going to give a very important step. The French group has announced that in addition to the figures approved in the cycle NEDC shall provide the figures of consumptions and emissions for some of its diesel models in real conditions of driving. An independent agency will be responsible to measure and verify the results. PSA will be a pioneer in this aspect.
In this way, PSA Peugeot-Citroën is also committed to banish the shadows of suspicion fall after the scandal Volkswagen on diesel-powered vehicles of many manufacturers. It is expected that the first results in real riding conditions are ready to spring 2016. The tests have not started yet since PSA is discussing the conditions with the independent body that will undertake this work. PSA will not offer these tests to all its models. Only testearán the best selling models from Peugeot, Citroën and DS, and will be announced only the results of energy consumption and CO2 emissions.
For PSA the bet diesel is very important, especially in the european market, where it accounts for over 60% of sales. However, the French are carrying out in recent times a the important bet on the movement of gas, especially after the arrival of the engines tricilíndricos PureTech supercharged. The sale of diesel engines, according to the analysts, leaving more profits to PES that clean up the image of these is important, especially now that many institutions try to penalise them after years of favors to the mechanics of diesel fuel.
The European Union also is working since eight years ago in a new approval process WLTP on the basis of conditions of real driving. It is hoped that this new protocol may be active in 2017 to provide some figures are more in line with reality than those of the NEDC, which dates back to 1992.
Source – PSA Peugeot-Citroën