According to research carried out by SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders) CO2 emission level figures on new cars are getting greener. The average CO2 emissions for a new car went down by 4.2% last year and have reduced by 23% in the last decade.
However, the average new car figure of 138g of CO2 per one kilometre is still higher than the 2015 European legislative target of 130g/km. SMMT figures showed that last year only half of new cars had emissions below the 130g/km figure. They also found that 66,000 vehicles were exempt from having to pay vehicle excise duty because they were below 100g/km. An increasing number of drivers are looking to compare cheap car insurance for a greener car than they had previously driven.
SMMT Chief Executive Paul Everitt said: “The UK motor industry can be proud of the progress it has made in reducing CO2 emissions and improving fuel efficiency. The industry recognises its responsibilities and the industrial opportunities from the transition to ultra-low carbon vehicles. Future environmental and economic success will be determined by sustained investment in new technology, research and development, infrastructure and consumer incentives. We are seeing steady improvement in conventional technologies and the emergence of a range of alternative technologies, creating one of the most innovative periods for the global automotive industry.”
Executive cars (10%) and specialist sports cars (8.0%) showed the biggest fall in emission levels in 2011 compared with 2010, while executive cars (35%) also made the biggest emissions improvements in the last decade. With stricter emissions legislation in place and increasing consumer demand to reduce the costs of motoring, the great majority of motor manufacturers are striving to reduce carbon emissions and improve vehicle efficiency. Many car manufactures are giving plenty of useful information to help make the right choice, such as eco labels that show its CO2 figure and estimated annual running costs.