Europe’s automotive industry has been accused of empty blustering to prevent stricter limits on van CO2 emissions as new data show a record improvement in average new car CO2 emissions to 145.7 grams per kilometre in 2009.
According to a report released on Thursday by Brussels-based environmental group T&E average CO2 emissions from new cars sold in Europe fell by 5.1% last year, far above previous rates.
It also claimed that three fifths of this decrease was due to vehicle technology improvements, not simply a shift to smaller cars due to the recession.
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