Car insurance: Vehicle CO2 emissions down, research shows

Monday, 20 April 2009

The carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of cars in the UK have fallen, which could benefit car insurance customers looking for a greener deal. 

According to statistics published by Clean Green Cars, the average new vehicle gives off 7.2 g/km less CO2 than a year ago. 

Publisher Jay Nagley said this is an "unprecedented" drop in emissions that has the potential for "real gains". 

Figures from Clean Green Cars also showed the manufacturers and models with the best and worst CO2 output levels. 

Mini was the lowest emissions producer, reaching 130.5 g/km. This compares to the European Union target of 130 g/km. 

Land Rover is near the bottom of the table with a level of 251.3 g/km, although Renault was the only company to have worsened. 

Ford was found to have improved, saving more than 10,000 tonnes of CO2 annually. 

Of course, car insurance policyholders may find they can obtain cheaper cover with specialist products that provide carbon offsetting measures or rewards for driving a greener vehicle. 

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