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September 68-plate heralds new era for industry

31 August 2018 #CEO Update



Production figures for July released this week show the myriad factors that can affect manufacturing output – and highlight once again why drawing long-term conclusions based on a monthly snapshot should be avoided. Changes in model cycles, seasonal and operational adjustments and preparation for the introduction of the new EU WLTP emissions test all played a part in the month’s 11% decline.

As the holiday season draws to a close, tomorrow will see the arrival of the new 68 number plate and with it the statutory requirement that all new cars on sale be certified under WLTP. The industry has faced huge challenges in re-testing the entire European model range at short notice, so 1 September will be a landmark day – for manufacturers and consumers who will see the results of a revised and much tougher test that better reflects real world driving performance.

With the introduction of WLTP,  consumers can be reassured that they are purchasing ever cleaner and more fuel efficient technology. At the same time, they will be better informed, more readily able to choose the right car for their needs. This is information that non-official tests by third parties cannot provide.

Finally, it’s the last chance to exhibit on the UK pavilion at the Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS) in Kobe, Japan 30 September – 2 October. This is one of the largest international exhibitions of electric vehicles and associated technology, making it an unrivalled show for companies to discover new business opportunities in this important sector. A fully furnished exhibition pod is available at half price (originally £2,500 +VAT) and there are also matching government grants for eligible companies to cover stand costs. Contact for more information.

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