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The greenest cars you can buy now
Sunday April 22nd marked Earth Day 2012, so we've brought together the greenest cars on sale in the UK.
We took the estimated average fuel economy of a new car on sale in the UK - itself a perfectly creditable 52.5mpg - and compared the most fuel-efficient cars you can buy against it.
This gave us a list of the greenest new cars you can buy - and we have also included how much more economical than an average car they are. The improvement on offer to new car buyers really will amaze. Here, in reverse order, are the greenest cars you can buy now.
Average CO2 emissions of new cars have fallen, reports the SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders), by nearly a quarter since 2000, and last year alone, they dropped by 4.2%. The average new car sold now emits 138g/km. Ten years ago, this stood at 174g/km. In 1997, it was just below 200g/km.
Furthermore, in 2011, nearly half the new car market emitted 130g/km CO2 or less, a key European benchmark. Even just five years ago, little more than 10% of the market could hit this CO2 target, showing the pace of green car development by car manufacturers.
Indeed, the greenest cars of all, those emitting 100g/km CO2 or less, have DOUBLED their market share in just 12 months, and the pace shows little sign of slowing, either.
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They are simply far too expensive.
Greener dos'nt mean cheeper so you may as well buy the aulturnative normal run car.
Why are automobiles, even innovative "green" autos, so darned expensive in the UK?
I suppose that comes under the heading of a rhetorical question, huh?
Is it just me or does anyone else look at the big picture to understand why these new cars are actually greener???
The development and purchase costs are far higher than the models before hence more money has to be made through the chain....................from developer to buyer
Therefore to buy one you have to spend more work more pay more..............and what about the so called not so green car your are replacing?????...........Oh yes someone else will be driving it so its still on the road! So infact you are increasing the g/km!!!! By the two cars on the road.
But then again it could always be sent for scrap at a poluted old fashioned junk yard somewhere chucking out old exhaust fumes and crap out in the air
Bless them all!!!
Love the comment about electric cars. All well and good but the electricity has to be generated somewhere. The more electric cars we have the more power stations we need to charge them. All you are doing is moving the problem and not fixing it.
Diesel low emission cars are the most practicable and fuel efficient at the moment.
I agree Except where i live we never see a councillor or politician except on tv
They better work for it this time if they expect my vote
as for fuel prices I have given up trying to afford petrol I buy £30.00 a week and when its gone its gone public transport is a joke and too expensive so i ride a bike walk or put off going out My advice is Don't buy chinese goods its all junk anyway buy quality and you buy once.
I was realy interested in an Electric car, but I couldn't get an extension lead long enough to reach work.
Why don't they put slots in the road like a scaletrix set?
all car are much cheaper abroad,talking between 15 - 20 %, WHY???????????????
ANSWER = TAX TAX TAX TAX and more tax,UK in general is a ripoff as it all tax tax tax and
more tax,TYPICAL FFFF TORIES, get tid of them,it's always the same,from Maggie(we all remember
her for the Polltax)tories it's tax and FAT salaries for them self.fff.off.
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