Car insurance: Greener cars in the UK

Monday, 19 April 2010

Cars in the UK are now more eco-friendly as three manufacturers are already beating European Union (EU) emissions targets ahead of schedule.

This will come as good news to car insurance customers who are always being warned about the negative aspects of car ownership.

By 2012, all new cars produced in the EU will have to emit less than 130g/km of CO2.

Toyota, Fiat and Mini are all below this level already, and Hyundai is very close with an average 131.02g/km produced by its cars.

The car manufacturer with the most to do at the moment is Mercedes, whose owners are likely to pay more money for their car insurance policy.

Its cars produce an average CO2 level of 173.83g/km, which is more than 20g/km worse than luxury brand rivals BMW and Audi.

"We are now seeing real progress by some mainstream car manufacturers on CO2, but there are still wide variations in performance," said Jay Nagley, publisher of the report on website Clean Green Cars.

A recent survey found that the majority of car insurance customers wanted providers to clamp down on dishonest drivers.

Some 72 per cent of motor insurance policyholders want stricter checks to be carried out by car insurance companies when people take out a new car insurance policy.

Posted by Rebecca Mellor

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