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Significant Improvement in Vehicle Co2 Emissions

Significant improvements in vehicle technology have resulted in new cars in the Australian market recording their lowest ever carbon dioxide emissions.

The National Average Carbon Emission (NACE) figure for 2011 is 206.6 grams of CO2 per kilometre – down 2.8 per cent compared to the 2010 figure of 212.6 grams of CO2/km.

“The average new car sold in Australia is now at least 20 per cent more efficient than it was in 2000,” the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) Chief Executive Ian Chalmers said.

All new passenger cars, SUVs and light commercial utes, vans and buses (up to 3.5 tonne) are included in calculating the NACE figure, therefore including many more vehicle types than CO2 measures used in other parts of the world, including Europe.

“This is one of the most significant yearly improvements in the NACE figure and demonstrates the industry’s commitment to continue to improve fuel efficiency and reduce carbon dioxide emissions,” Mr Chalmers added.

“The result is a combination of improvements in vehicle technology and a change in consumer buying preferences toward lower emission vehicles,” he said.

“There has been a strong uptake in new-generation diesel and hybrid powered vehicles by consumers.  

“In addition, ongoing efficiency improvements in average emissions from petrol powered vehicles by almost 7% indicates that consumers are continuing to purchase more efficient across the new vehicle fleet,” Mr Chalmers advised.

“Carbon dioxide emissions from new vehicles have reduced significantly without regulation and the industry now looks forward to working constructively with the Federal Government in developing a new standard,” he said.

Detailed NACE Information

YEAR

NACE (CO2/km)

Reduction

2002

252.4

#

2003

249.5

1.1%

2004

246.5

1.2%

2005

240.7

2.3%

2006

230.3

4.3%

2007

226.1

1.8%

2008

222.4

1.6%

2009

218.6

1.7%

2010

212.6

2.7%

2011

206.6

2.8%

 

 

2010

2011

Variance

 

CO2 (g/km)

CO2 (g/km)

+/- %

Passenger Cars

 

 

 

Light

156.9

151.5

-3.4

Small

180.6

177.5

-1.7

Medium

199.6

187.5

-6.1

Large

252.4

241.9

-4.2

Upper Large

278.2

279.7

0.6

People Movers

249.5

243.4

-2.4

Sports

205.7

196.9

-4.3

Passenger Car Total

192.5

183.9

-4.5

 

 

 

 

Sports Utility Vehicle

 

 

 

SUV Compact

222.3

215.4

-3.1

SUV Medium

253.5

247.5

-2.4

SUV Large

292.7

290.2

-0.8

SUV Luxury

231.5

220.5

-4.7

SUV Total

238

230.4

-3.2

 

 

 

 

Light Commercial

 

 

 

Light Buses

268.6

263.1

-2.1

Vans

230.9

225.4

-2.4

PU/CC 4X2

259.8

253.3

-2.5

PU/CC 4X4

247.8

244.3

-1.4

Trucks 2.5-3.5 GVM

257.8

257.6

-0.1

Light Commercial Total

250

245.0

-2.0

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

212.6

206.6

-2.8

NB: These figures are NOT comparable with the European CO2 targets. 

For more information:

Tim Reardon
Director Government Policy
02 6229 8214
0423 141 031