Crafter Conversions - Legislation
From 1 January 2012 new European legislation will be enforced
that affects vehicles of certain weights. These vehicles will have
to meet new exhaust emissions standards that depend on their final
weights, including any conversion. These emissions standards
determine which engine a vehicle can have, depending on the
vehicle's final reference mass. In the case of the 136PS engine the
type approval document is only valid for a vehicle mass of 2840kg
What is 'reference mass'?
In the legislation the final weight of the vehicle is called the
reference mass. There is a simple sum to determine the reference
Reference Mass = (unladen weight - 75kg) + 100kg +
What vehicles will this legislation affect?
It affects all Crafters with 136PS engines that will be
registered after 1 January 2012. However, because the legislation
is based on weight, it only affects Crafters that have
substantially heavy conversions added to them. Even the heaviest
Crafter that we offer, the crafter Maxi LWB, has an unladen weight
of just 2335kg, which is much lighter than the 2840kg reference
mass limit. The legislation will therefore only affect customers
who are adding a heavy conversion to their Crafters.
If this sounds like you, be sure to check that before you
convert your vehicle, its reference mass will be 2840kg or
What is this new emissions legislation all about?
The emissions standards for Euro V engines in the Crafter
segment are changing. From 1 January 2012 two new emission
categories will be introduced within Euro V: light duty emissions
and heavy duty emissions. Engines will be classed as either light
duty emissions engines or heavy duty emissions engines, depending
on how they are tested to get type approval. The vehicle's final
weight, including any conversion, will determine which engine a
vehicle can have, light duty or heavy duty.
What does this mean for customers?
From our Crafter range ony the 136PS engine is classed as light
duty emissions. All other engines are classed as heavy duty
emissions. Volkswagon Commercial Vehicles declared the heavy duty
emissions engines early in the legislation's life, so we have
permission to use them in any vehicle, regardless of its final
reference mass. The vehicle's reference mass including any
conversion determines what engine can be used. If the vehicle has a
reference mass of up to and including 2840kg then it can have any
engine from the Crafter range. If the vehicle has a reference mass
of more than 2840kg then it can have any engine from the Crafter
range, except for the 136PS engine.
Are there structural differences between light duty emissions
and heavy duty emissions engines?
No. The differences are just in the way the engines are tested,
which determines the type approval certificate that an engine gets.
There are no component differences. For example, the heavy duty
emissions engine does not have stronger components, as the name
As a customer, do I need to think about this?
Yes. Be sure that before you order the 136PS, you know what the
reference mass of the vehicle will be. If you don't have this
information, you're not ready to order yet. If your vehicle's final
weight exceeds 2840kg, you won't be able to register it.
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