New petrol, diesel and hybrid cars are, on average, 5.4% less efficient than their official WLTP fuel consumption figures suggest, according to new research by What Car?.
A dip in driver confidence and satisfaction with the leasing sector is being blamed on supply issues caused by WLTP.
The Fleet News car running cost tools have been updated to reflect the switchover to WLTP CO2 emissions data and the new 2020/21 benefit-in-kind (BIK) bands.
By Edwin Kemp, associate director Mobility 2030 at KPMG UK
Cap HPI says it will be ready for the introduction motoring taxes based on the emissions test in April 2020.
Some company cars could disappear from choice lists as new emissions test results put them beyond CO2 thresholds used by fleets.
Leasing companies, which typically receive the CO2 data from third-party providers, are estimating emissions or trying to bring forward deliveries.
Uncertainty surrounding the impact of a new emissions testing regime and planned restrictions on the sale of fossil fuel and hybrid vehicles make policy review essential.
Businesses should consider reviewing their fleet policies due to a lack of WLTP CO2 data for some cars, says the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association.
Arval says that 15% of fleet and mobility managers questioned expect to make some adjustment to the cars they offer.
Emissions regulations are changing again in September, but vehicle supply should not be affected according to Cap HPI.
Fleet operators and company car drivers are unable to make educated decisions on future vehicles due to a lack of WLTP CO2 emissions data.
The lack of knowledge about the van Worldwide Light vehicle Testing Procedure “really is frightening”, according to James Davis, director of insight and strategy (CV), Cox Automotive.
WLTP compliance along with a focus on safety have helped the XC40 become the fleet vehicle of choice for Asda managers, say Volvo.
Volkswagen has added a 1.6-litre diesel engine to the T-Cross line-up, taking the place as the most fuel efficient model.
Mercedes-Benz C200 estate loses 20 litres of boot space due to mild-hybrid EQboost technology.
Fleets are taking delivery of the first RDE2 diesel cars, cutting VED and company car tax, with manufacturers promising that more models will follow.
Used fleet vehicles saw values fall and age and mileage rise in Q1 as the introduction of WLTP led organisations to keep vehicles for longer, says Aston Barclay.
Brexit chaos, the suitability of FORS, WLTP and salary sacrifice are the diverse range of issues fleet decision-makers are currently concerned with.
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