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04 Nov 2010 09:11:00

EU new vehicle emissions falling faster than expected

EU new vehicle emissions falling faster than expected
Car manufacturers are likely to hit their targets for new vehicle emissions, as set by the European Union (EU), ahead of target.

Toyota is leading the way in carbon reduction, having already almost met its 2015 targets by last year, the study by Transport & Environment revealed.

A record fall of 5.1 percent across all new car emissions was recorded in 2009. It was previously assumed that this was due to government initiatives and the economic crisis leading to motorists purchasing smaller cars.

Transport & Environment said its study in fact revealed more than half of his reduction was due to technological improvements.

Toyota, Suzuki, Daimler, Ford and Mazda were all said to have achieved three percent savings through such innovation.

Jos Dings, director of Transport & Environment, said: "Three years ago the car industry said it could not deliver car CO2 targets on time but is now set to achieve them years ahead of schedule."

He also said claims that van manufacturers would not be able to meet similar targets "should be questioned".

Meanwhile, a centre has recently opened at the University of Leicester to develop materials for more efficient vehicle and aircraft engines.  ADNFCR-1235-ID-800216521-ADNFCR

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