New figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show that new cars registered in the UK last year were on average 18% more fuel efficient than the average car on the road.
Data analysing the emissions of all new cars registered in the UK showed a continued trend in falling emissions and improving fuel efficiency. 2011 emissions fell by 4.2% year on year to 138.1g/km CO2 (equivalent to 52.5mpg), down by more than 23% since reporting began in 2000. The Report shows that in 2011, almost half of new cars had emissions below the 2015 European legislative target of 130g/km CO2 and over 65,000 vehicles were exempt from Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) with sub-100g/km cars almost doubling their market share to 3.4%.
Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive, said “industry can be proud of the progress it has made in reducing CO2 emissions and improving fuel efficiency, 23 per cent since 2000. The UK motor 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, R&D, 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.”