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Three auto manufacturers dip under EU CO2 target figure

16 April 2010

There are now three automotive manufacturers (whose range includes four seat models, not just two seat city cars) below the EU target of 130 g/km of CO2, which has been set for 2012. Toyota (124.55 g/km), Fiat (124.61 g/km) and Mini (129.98 g/km) are in the vanguard of the move to reduce CO2, while Hyundai is closing in on the target with a figure of 131.02 g/km.

“We are now seeing real progress by some mainstream car manufacturers on CO2, but there are still wide variations in performance.” commented Jay Nagley, Publisher of the Clean Green Cars website.

Car manufacturers talk about the 'glidepath' - the rate of decline needed to get from where they are today to where they need to be in 2012. Any mainstream manufacturer with a figure of much over 140 g/km of CO2 is going to have to work very hard to get their average down, while the big premium brands need to be in shouting distance of 150 g/km. At present, the large manufacturer with the most work to do is Mercedes, with an average CO2 figure of 173.83 g/km – over 20 g/km worse than either BMW or Audi.

At present, the industry is broadly on the right path to get down to 130 g/km by the end of next year, given a reduction of over 5% per year in CO2 output. However, much of the recent gains have come from scrappage incentives that have led people to buy a lot of small, economical cars.

With the scrappage scheme now at an end, the manufacturers need to 'lock-in' those gains and carry on moving forward.

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