New cars a fifth cleaner than ones on the road

Modern cars are around a fifth (18%) more efficient than the average car on the road. That’s according to new figures out today which suggest ‘cleaner’ models are slowly getting […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Modern cars are around a fifth (18%) more efficient than the average car on the road. That’s according to new figures out today which suggest ‘cleaner’ models are slowly getting more of a toe-hold in car sales. While almost half of new cars (46.8%) had emissions below the 2015 European legislative target of 130g/km CO2, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

The group’s New Car CO2 report suggests motorists and car makers are getting to grips with the UK’s need to cut carbon, says the group.

Paul Everitt, SMMT’s Chief Executive said, “The UK motor industry recognises its responsibilities and the industrial opportunities from the transition to ultra-low carbon vehicles.

“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.”

He added the industry can be “proud” of the progress it has made in improving fuel efficiency by 23% since 2000.