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Cutting emissions 'will be tough'

Thu, 18 Dec 2008
People who always go for the environmentally-friendly option when buying a car may welcome new legislation from the EU.

According to the revised rules, average CO2 emissions from new cars must be cut to 130 g/km by 2015.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) explained this is the equivalent of 52 mpg for a petrol engine and 58 mpg in the case of a diesel model.

By 2012, carmakers are expected to be producing 65 per cent of motors with average emissions of 130 g/km, by 2013 this will rise to 75 per cent, it reaches 80 per cent in 2014 and 100 per cent by the following year.

Although he acknowledged it was challenging, Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive, voiced support for the regulations.

He stated: "We share the environmental objectives and welcome the long-term framework the legislation sets out."

In other motoring news, SMMT recently described November as another tough month for the car industry, with new registrations falling by 36.8 per cent.

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