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After the long story regarding the future CO2 emission limits in the EU - worthy of a telenovela - it looks like the average will be set at 130 g/km (we'll likely get the final confirmation in December). As for how automakers will go about reaching this goal, there is good news and bad news. The good news is that the limit is feasible: according to British site CleanGreen Cars, average new car CO2 emissions fell 4.5 percent in the third quarter of 2008 – the biggest drop on record. The current average is now set at 156.7 g/km. If you make the simple calculations, it looks like the 130 g/km is a reasonable limit that can be achieved. However, and here's where the bad news comes in for the auto industry, this drop came about because fewer cars are being sold, and the ones that were sold are smaller, on average. While sales of cars such as the Fiat 500 soar, luxury and SUV sales are plummetting.
[Source: Clean Green Cars]