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Waiting to Exhale: VW Delays U.S. Arteon Launch Over Emissions Certification

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Volkswagen Group has delayed the U.S. launch of its flagship Arteon sedan for a couple of extra months because it waits for that each one-essential emissions certification. Apparently, Europe’s change to the up to date Worldwide Harmonized Mild-Obligation Automobiles Check Process (WLTP) has created an in depth approvals backlog.

Whereas america nonetheless makes use of the EPA’s much less forgiving FTP-seventy five and HWFET, Europe is within the means of abandoning the mockingly named New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) for WLTP. Presumably, VW needs to guarantee its automobiles are inexperienced lit by the EU earlier than it begins manufacturing them for the U.S. Sadly for the automaker, it stands to lose gross sales within the interim. 

What number of models that may entail is unclear. Sedans aren’t extremely fashionable today and, just like the CC, the Arteon isn’t anticipated to be a excessive-quantity mannequin. A couple of months out of motion isn’t good, although; Volkswagen is probably going to miss out on hundreds of deliveries.

Formally, there’s nothing the model can do about it. In accordance to Automotive Information, a VW spokesperson attributed the difficulty solely to “delays within the certification course of brought on by a backlog in assembly [new] WLTP worldwide emissions testing.” That wouldn’t be an enormous deal if the holdup have been a single month. However the automaker is citing a obscure “early 2019” launch date and just lately cancelled a drive occasion scheduled for subsequent month in California. VW’s unique launch was anticipated to happen earlier than the top of 2018.

The MQB-based mostly Arteon has already been on sale in Europe for a full yr with the identical TSI 4-cylinder it intends to promote in america. The large distinction is that the American-sure mannequin is claimed to obtain some nice-turning and an eight-velocity automated, moderately than the seven-velocity DSG presently provided in Europe.

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