“NFDA is calling on manufacturers to ensure that they communicate timely and accurately the potential implications of WLTP to their dealer network. It is vital that manufacturers’ expectations are realistic and feasible”, said Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), which represents franchised car and commercial vehicle dealers in the UK.
The Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) will come into full effect for all new car registrations from September 2018 and replace the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). To provide the industry and ultimately consumers with clear information about the issue, NFDA has been working closely with Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and LowCVP*.
To continue to assist its members, NFDA will hold a seminar on WLTP on Tuesday 17 July 2018 at the Hilton Hotel in Warwick**. LowCVP will also attend the seminar to inform dealers about the facts and timeline of WLTP’s introduction.
Robinson continued, “NFDA has contacted individual manufacturers to urge them to provide their respective dealer networks with clear guidance on WLTP and the effects its introduction may have. Although we have received a number of positive and constructive responses, we are still awaiting others. However, various dealers have expressed their concerns about possible stock and supply issues.
“It is vital that dealers know what products they are going to be supplied with and their status. We continue to advise our dealer members to talk directly to their manufacturers to find out how many derogated models they will have available over the next twelve months as well as to request detailed information on any non-derogated and, therefore, non-compliant vehicles that they will need to register prior to 31 August 2018.
“NFDA will continue to work closely with dealers and manufacturers to address the issue and we encourage members to attend the WLTP seminar in July.”
Notes to Editors:
*For more guidance on WLTP, visit https://www.lowcvp.org.uk/initiatives/fuel-economy/wltp.htm
**To attend the NFDA Seminar on WLTP please email email@example.com, places will be allocated on a first come first served basis as spaces are limited
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The Retail Motor Industry represents the interests of operators in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man providing sales and services to motorists and businesses. The RMI has a formal association with the independent Scottish Motor Trade Association which represents the retail motor industry in Scotland.