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Newest EU Cars 'Miserable Failures' To Meet CO2 Emissions Reduction

A study of Europe's car producers found that the industry managed to cut the CO2 output of new cars by 1 per cent last year - less than a quarter of the rate required to meet its own promise to cut emissions by 25 per cent in a decade. PHOTO: 2006 Ford Galaxy European minivan.

Published: 24-Apr-2006

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Car makers across the EU are "failing miserably" to meet their pledge to tackle climate change by reducing carbon dioxide emissions from their new models.

A study of Europe's car producers found that the industry managed to cut the CO2 output of new cars by 1 per cent last year - less than a quarter of the rate required to meet its own promise to cut emissions by 25 per cent in a decade.

Under a deal struck with the European Commission in 1998 to stave off compulsory regulation, manufacturers promised to produce cars which meet an average emissions target of 140g of CO2 for every kilometre by the end of 2008. But last year, the average figure was cut to only 160g/km. Some manufacturers, such as Mercedes and Land Rover, are producing vehicles with emissions well above 350g/km.

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