Consequences for customers.
Uniform certification, different taxation.
Consequences for vehicle tax.
In many member states of the European Union, the CO2 emissions of a vehicle are also the basis for taxation – this lies within the competence of the national governments. In most European countries with CO2-dependent taxation there are however not yet any binding decisions on how vehicles certified according to WLTP are to be taxed. In principle the EU members states only have to have adjusted taxation by 01.01.2021.
It is to be expected that the CO2 emissions will be higher according to the WLTP process than according to the NEDC process. If the taxation form is not correspondingly changed, this will lead to a higher car tax.
Consumption-optimised from the very beginning.
With the new WLTP certification process you can already begin saving fuel when configuring your vehicle. In general the more equipment on a vehicle the higher the fuel consumption. With that in mind you already know when you're configuring a vehicle how the car's equipment will affect the fuel consumption.
The mass of the vehicle can be reduced with weight-optimised component parts, such as the glass-fibre-reinforced plastic rear axle spring in the Sprinter, which reduces the vehicle weight by approx. 12 kg. You can optimise the wind resistance with a design of the wheels that is as closed as possible as well as with aerodynamically efficient attachments or underbody panelling. And the rolling resistance can be reduced, for instance, through appropriately optimised tyres. This means you can not only equip your vehicle to your wishes according to functionality and comfort, but also with the goal of a fuel consumption that is as low as possible.