Real-world fuel consumption tests carried out by PSA Group on 30 of its core models have revealed a substantial impact on total cost of ownership (TCO).
The move is in advance of proposed European Union real driving emissions (RDE) regulations that will be introduced over the next few years to provide a clearer picture of how vehicles perform on the road compared to current laboratory tests.
PSA Group’s world-first initiative is intended to be more accurate, as it is based on extensive on-road tests with passengers, as part of a commitment it made last year to provide more representative information to consumers.
The results show a fuel consumption increase across the 30 models of more than 30% on average compared to current EU combined fuel economy figures. Over a typical three years/90,000kms cycle, using the new figures for TCO calculations would increase fuel use by 1,500 to 2,000 litres compared to official EU figures, increasing fuel spend by more than €1,000, depending on the model and national fuel prices.
By the end this year, PSA Group will have tested another 20 models and offer customers a web-based fuel consumption simulator.In 2017, the group will extend measurement to include emissions of nitrogen oxides.
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