UK: New Cars Now 18% More Fuel Efficient image

A recent study shows that new cars registered in the U.K. in 2011 were 18.0% more fuel efficient than the average car on the road.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders analyzed the emissions of all new cars registered in the UK and showed that there is a continued trend in falling emissions and improving fuel efficiency. In 2011 emissions fell by 4.2% year on year to 138.1g/km CO2, down 23% since 2000.

Last year almost 46.8% 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 with sub-100g/km cars, almost doubling their market share to 3.4%. Executive and Specialist Sports fell 9.5% and 7.0% , making the biggest reduction over the past year.

“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 recognizes 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,” declared Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive.