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Published on February 8th, 2011 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Are The Global Car Companies Producing Cleaner Green Cars

EU target for 2012 will not be hit until the end of 2013 on current trends

The current rate of improvement of 3.6% per year is not enough to reach the 2012 target
Some manufacturers currently miss the target by a huge margin

2010 average CO2 g/km

2009 average CO2 g/km

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Despite the fact that four manufacturers* have now got below the official EU target of 130 g/km of CO2, the majority are still lagging behind. The four manufacturers who deserve credit for reducing their CO2 below the EU threshold are:
Fiat                  124.58 g/km Toyota              125.01 g/km Mini                  128.03 g/km Citroen              128.19 g/km

However, the EU target is an industry average. Each manufacturer has an individual target based on the weight of its vehicles. For the first time, the Clean Green Cars CO2 performance tables show how much progress each manufacturer still has to make. No manufacturer has yet fully met its target, but the ones which are closest to their individual targets are as follows:
Toyota              0.34 g/km over target Mini                  6.39 g/km over target BMW                6.97 g/km over target Citroen              7.31 g/km over target
A manufacturer can have the lowest CO2 average, and still be fined for missing its official target figure, while a higher CO2 manufacturer may not be fined.

To be liable for these targets, a manufacturer has to sell 300,000 cars annually across the EU. The manufacturers that either reach this threshold, or are close to it, with the biggest need to improve are as follows:
Chevrolet          21.41 g/km over target Suzuki              21.47 g/km over target Mazda              23.06 g/km over target Mercedes          31.43 g/km over target

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