Which? calls on industry to ‘Come Clean On Fuel Claims’

Which? has launched a new campaign calling on the car industry to ‘Come Clean On Fuel Claims’ following the Volkswagen (VW) emissions scandal. 

VW has admitted 11 million diesel cars worldwide were fitted with a device to conceal the environmental impact in emissions testing. For years Which? testing has proved that fuel economy figures do not match official MPG claims – and VW is not the only culprit.

Manufacturers should come clean quickly about the accuracy of their testing. As part of our new campaign Come Clean On Fuel Claims we want:

  • All car manufacturers to announce whether their emissions and fuel economy tests have been manipulated within the next seven days;
  • The Government must immediately publish a timetable for a genuinely independent investigation and ensure any consumers found to be affected can get easy access to redress; and
  • The European Commission must announce how they will bring forward new tests with full and proper independent oversight by the end of the year.

Which? executive director, Richard Lloyd, said:

“If the industry is to rebuild trust with consumers, manufacturers must come clean about the reliability of their emissions and fuel economy tests immediately.

“At the same time the Government must set out an urgent timetable for action including how consumers will be given quick and easy access to compensation, and how they intend to stop this from happening again.”

Notes to editors

Our latest research on fuel efficiency tests can be found here.

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