Vehicle manufacturers, chasing the EU target of 130g/km by 2012, are
improving over 2007 readings and managed to average 161.13 g/km CO2 in
the first quarter of 2008 – a reduction upon the same time last year of
2.79 per cent.
Some car manufacturers have achieved a great deal more – the Mini, for
example, now has a reading of 138.87 g/km whereas even last year it
measured 155.63 g/km – a reduction of over ten per cent.
Jay Nagley, publisher of cleangreencars.co.uk, said: "It is no
coincidence that BMW (10.96 per cent reduction) and Mazda (9.27 per cent
reduction) both score well – they have taken concrete measures in the
last 12 months to improve the environmental performance of their cars.
"While all manufacturers talk about environmental improvements, there
are plenty who have improved by less than one per cent in the last 12
months. There is no excuse for inaction."
The top five vehicles, Toyota Prius, Citroen C1, Peugeot 107, Toyota
Aygo and smart fortwo all emit less than 120g/km CO2.