UK car industry spruces up energy label

The UK's motor industry has revamped its consumer labelling scheme for showing the energy performance of new cars. The restructured label goes beyond EU minimum requirements for displaying the amount of carbon dioxide emitted per kilometre travelled, introducing a coded scale of colours and letters similar to an existing EU scheme for white goods. The scale is linked to tariff bands used by the UK finance ministry to calculate vehicle excise duty. The information provided to consumers now also includes the estimated cost of both vehicle tax and the fuel needed to travel 12,000 miles. The industry hopes to have the label on all new cars in time for the autumn sales peak. See press release.

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