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Consumers buying more efficient cars in Europe — via @EUEnvironment

Consumers buying more efficient cars in Europe — via @EUEnvironment

In 2012, approximately 12 million new cars were sold. This number has decreased since it peaked in 2007, when 15.5 million new vehicles were registered. Registrations of new cars fell furthest in 2012 in Greece (-41 %), Portugal (-38 %) and Cyprus (-25 %), while at the other end of the scale new cars increased by more than 12 % in in Estonia and Hungary. Diesel vehicles represent 55 % of the newly registered vehicle fleet. Diesel cars have traditionally had lower CO2 emissions than their petrol counterparts although this gap has narrowed in recent years. However, it is important to note that diesel cars emit higher levels of some air pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide, compared to petrol-driven equivalents. The lowest carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per kilometre were in Denmark (117g CO2 /km) and Portugal (118 g CO2 /km). The largest improvement in efficiency between 2011...

Full article: http://www.eea.europa.eu/highlights/consumers-buying-more...

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