29 Sep '11, 2pm

Despite Vocal Complaints, European Car Makers Meeting New Rules

Despite Vocal Complaints, European Car Makers Meeting New Rules

Claims by the auto industry that mandatory efficiency targets would make cars unaffordable have been scotched by figures showing 2010's new cars were, on average, more efficient and emitted less CO2 than a year before, green groups will argue today. A new report by campaign group Transport & Environment says the average car sold in Europe last year was 4 percent more fuel efficient, emitted 4 percent less CO2, and was still 2.5 percent cheaper in real terms than in 2009. Overall, Europe's fleet averaged emissions of 140g CO2/km and is rapidly closing in on the E.U. target of cutting average emissions from new cars to 130g CO2/km by 2015. Car makers on average are just 7 percent off the individual targets they are required to meet by 2015, while Fiat and Toyota are already below the 130g CO2/km, and within 5 percent and 1 percent, respectively, of their E.U. targets. The Tr...

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