Starting right about now, the UK's Department for Transport's 'Best on CO2' car rankings are on the air (if you're familiar with Weird Al's UHF, imagine this announcement being made by Stanley Spadowski). Actually, they're just on the 'net, but I still like that movie. Transport Minister Jim Fitzpatrick launched the new site today, in conjunction with What Car? magazine.

The Best on CO2 site makes buying a low-CO2 emitting vehicle easier by asking shoppers what kind of vehicle (category, transmission and fuel type) they're interested in, and then spits out a list of models with the lowest CO2 emissions. Pretty slick idea. The database uses emissions information from the DfT's Vehicle Certification Agency and the categories - supermini, small family, family, estate, MPV, compact executive, executive, coupe, open-top, hot hatch, compact 4x4, large 4x4, luxury, performance car - were developed by What Car? Perhaps soon Britain's wealthy will want to check the site out.

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[Source: Department for Transport]

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