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New car CO2 emissions in Europe rise for first time in decade

Average CO2 emissions from new cars in Europe increased by 0.3g/km in 2017; the first rise in 10 years.

Toyota was Europe’s cleanest car manufacturer for 2017 amongst the top 20 best-selling brands, with its emissions average decreasing by 2.7g/km to 101.2g/km

Toyota was Europe’s cleanest car manufacturer for 2017 amongst the top 20 best-selling brands, with its emissions average decreasing by 2.7g/km to 101.2g/km

Echoing 2017 UK figures that showed new car CO2 rose for the first time in 20 years, the data from Jato Dynamics highlights how increasing SUV registrations were a key factor along with the decline of diesel vehicles.

The organisation has now warned that EU CO2 targets of 95g/km could be difficult to achieve if demand for diesel continues to fall and electric vehicles fail to plug the gap. It added that hybrid vehicles could therefore be the best alternative to diesel vehicles in the short term, reducing average CO2 emissions whilst also meeting consumer demand – helping the industry to reach CO2 targets of 95g/km by 2021.

Jato research also found that Toyota was Europe’s cleanest car manufacturer for 2017 amongst the top 20 best-selling brands, with its emissions average decreasing by 2.7g/km to 101.2g/km. This can be attributed to increased demand for its hybrid vehicle models – and the brand has now said it will phase out all diesels by 2019.

Peugeot, which led the ranking in 2016, fell to second place after its emissions average increased by 2.7g/km to 104.5g/km in 2017. This was mainly due to its increased presence in the SUV segment, in particular with the 3008, which experienced a high volume of registrations.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.