Mike Stevens | Feb 17, 2010

NEW FIGURES released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries this week show that car emissions in Australia have reached a record low.

The National Average Carbon Emission (NACE) figure for 2009 is 218.5 grams of CO2 per kilometre – down 1.8 percent compared to the 2008 figure of 222.4g/km.

The FCAI had set a target of reducing CO2 emissions from an average 252.4g/km in 2002 to 222g/km by the end of 2010.

“We have exceeded the target a year ahead of schedule and the industry has achieved a reduction in carbon emissions from new vehicles of around 13.4 percent since 2002,” FCAI Chief Executive Andrew McKellar said.

“This is a very positive result and confirms that the Australian automotive industry is making good progress in achieving better fuel economy and lower emissions.”

While acknowledging that official emissions figures in Europe are lower, Mr McKellar said they do not take commercial vehicles into account.

Mr McKellar said that the improved vehicle technology now available to buyers across a range of market segments has helped reduce vehicle emissions, with Australia motorists moving toward more efficient vehicles.

“Improved engines, better transmissions and technologies like direct injection and cylinder deactivation have all contributed to lowering the emissions from new vehicles,” Mr McKellar said.

“The introduction of better quality ‘clean diesel’ fuel in recent years has enabled a rapid increase in the number of diesel cars on Australian roads as many motorists have sought to take advantage of enhanced fuel economy and lower carbon emissions,” Mr McKellar said.

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