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SMMT: New car emissions ahead of the curve

Date: 27 March 2014   |   Author: Jack Carfrae

New cars sold in the UK had CO2 emissions 3.6% lower than the year before according to the SMMT. A report published by the organisation showed that the average CO2 level for a new car sold in the UK in 2013 was 128.3g/km, which is well ahead of the EU's target of a 130g/km average by 2015.  

The SMMT claimed the current new car CO2 level is almost 30% better than the 2000 average and that the figure marked a fall of 15% for emissions of all cars on the road over the past decade. 

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: "The UK automotive industry should be proud of the progress it has made in improving the environmental impact of its vehicles.

"Average new car CO2 emissions are almost 30% lower than in 2000, boosted by increasing uptake of the most efficient engine technologies, alternatively fuelled vehicles and the new Go Ultra Low campaign.

"Through the Automotive Sector Strategy, it has been hugely encouraging to see Government's determination to ensure the UK is at the forefront of research, development and introduction of low-carbon vehicles."