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The main findings of the How Cleans are Europe’s cars 2015 edition are:
– Overall CO2 emissions from new cars sold in 2014 were 123.4g/km, a reduction of 2.6%
– Peugeot-Citroën has the lowest average emissions at 110g/km; Honda has the highest emissions (133g/km)
– The most rapid progress was made by Nissan, which reduced its emissions by 12%
– Ford and Hyundai actually increased their emissions
– The 130g/km target for 2015 has already overachieved across the new car fleet as a whole. Honda, Suzuki and Hyundai have still to meet this target and look unlikely to do so next year
– On average the 95g/km target is expected to be met by 2021 but this masks widely differing performances between carmakers
– Provisional analysis suggests none of the progress recorded in official figures delivered a real-world fuel economy improvement due to manipulation of tests
– Electric vehicle sales continue to grow strongly up to 67,000 vehicles but still only represent 0.5% of the total annual sales
– Supercredits only confer a significant benefit on Mitsubishi and Nissan and these had already exceeded their 2015 targets without the additional credits
– The European Commission needs to propose a 2025 target in 2016 as part of the package of proposals on the 2030 effort sharing decision for the non-ETS emissions