When Clean Green Cars took a look at the sales-weighted CO2 averages of UK vehicle sales, they found a little something to smile about. Or breathe cleaner about, I guess. During the first quarter of 2008, overall average emissions were down 2.79 percent (from 165.75 grams per km average to 161.13). This is a bigger improvement than what happened between the same time frame a year earlier (then, there was only a 1.23 percent improvement). Of course, 160+ is still a lot when you think about the sub-120 targets coming in 2012. As Clean Green Cars points out, the rate of improvement will need to double once again (to 5.3 percent a year) in order to reach that goal.
When we break down the improvements by manufacturer, we find that MINI is currently winning the low CO2 fight in the UK.

Manufacturer

2007 Q1 2008 Q1

improvement

Mini

155.63

138.87

10.77%

Fiat 141.29 139.64 1.17%

Peugeot

147.59

141.28

4.28%

Citroen

147.97

145.79

1.47%

Toyota

149.38

146.41

1.99%


There is much more in the PDFs of all the Clean Green Cars data here.

[Source: Clean Green Cars]


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