New EU legislation forcing manufacturers to reduce average emissions to 130g/km
17 December 2008

Tough new EU regulations passed today will force manufacturers to reduce the average CO2 emissions of their cars to 130g/km by 2015.

That's roughly the equivalent of achieving 58mpg in a diesel car and 52mpg in a petrol model.

A sliding scale will be introduced to meet the new emissions targets, with heavy fines for manufacturers that exceed them.

By 2012, 65 per cent of new cars must achieve 130g/km. That figure rises to 75 percent by 2013, 80 percent by 2014, and 100 percent by the 2015 deadline.

Small volume manufacturers (below 10,000 models per year) will have separate targets.

Meanwhile, niche manufacturers (producing 10,000 to 300,000 units) will be expected to deliver a 25 per cent reduction on 2007's average emissions by 2015.

Jaguar, Land Rover and Aston are counted among Britain's small and niche manufacturers.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers has welcomed the legislation. Chairman Paul Everitt said it "presented a tough challenge to the automotive industry".

"We share the environmental objectives and welcome the long-term framework the legislation sets out," he said.

Government loans - being sought publicly and privately by a number of UK-based car manufacturers - hinge around using public money to invest in green automobile technology for the future.

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17 December 2008

Shouldn't the headline read: "More transparently ridiculous deceptions agreed upon to allow further taxation" ???

17 December 2008

[quote Autocar]Meanwhile, niche manufacturers (producing 10,000 to 300,000 units) will be expected to deliver a 25 per cent reduction on 2007's average emissions by 2015.

Jaguar, Land Rover and Aston are counted among Britain's small and niche manufacturers.[/quote]

Anyone know JLR's 2007 average CO2 emission figure?

My guess would be north of 250g/km. A 25% cut by 2012 (for two-thirds of output) takes that down to about 190g, a large difference to the 120g applied to Daimler and BMW by then but still one that should cause major problems with Land Rover in particular trying to achieve it.

17 December 2008

I am glad Ferrari, Lamborghini and other supercar manufacturers have escaped this C)2 lunacy as it would have killed the supercar. That made my day. Let's just hope that the standards for them will allow them performance on a par with today's models.

17 December 2008

Jaguar's average in 2007 was circa 200 g/km. Land Rover's average in 2007 was circa 250 g/km according to this article :

http://www.just-auto.com/article.aspx?id=95995

As the 10MY cars are launched through January to September 2009, these averages will fall because the new GDI V8s, 3.0 Lion V6 diesel's and stop start Freelanders hit the market.

IIRC - Porsche's current average is 282 g/km

17 December 2008

Precisely. Well said Steve.

Our wonderful, gifted and (obviously) totally honest Prime Minister and Chancellor must be salivating at the thought of the opportunities this brings to introduce even more savage motoring taxation. I can see it now: "Any car not meeting 130 g/km must pay a £5,000 super-tax . . .or the planet will die a week next Tuesday!"

When the world car industry - and Europe is no exception - is rapidly plunging into outright depression, with untold industrial consequences, the thing to do is to bludgeon it further with arbitrary CO2 targets.Obviously.

Yet more inane meddling from the people who banned curved bananas.

17 December 2008

[quote BigThreeForever]

Precisely. Well said Steve.

Our wonderful, gifted and (obviously) totally honest Prime Minister and Chancellor must be salivating at the thought of the opportunities this brings to introduce even more savage motoring taxation. I can see it now: "Any car not meeting 130 g/km must pay a £5,000 super-tax . . .or the planet will die a week next Tuesday!"

When the world car industry - and Europe is no exception - is rapidly plunging into outright depression, with untold industrial consequences, the thing to do is to bludgeon it further with arbitrary CO2 targets.Obviously.

Yet more inane meddling from the people who banned curved bananas.

[/quote]

I never understand why people respond like this, I know you think that everyone lies (particularly politicians) but actually cutting CO2 is going to help you out! Firstly you are going to get better fuel economy, secondly you will probably be able to travel further without having to refuel, the air around the car is going to be cleaner (which is nice if you are a pedestrian!) and finally it may go some way to saving the planet...

I am not saying that global warming is caused by CO2, the jury is out on that point I think at the moment, but we are so hypocritical aren't we? We moan and groan when we only get 25 mpg and then moan and groan when the Government try and force the manufacturers to improve.

Have you noticed how easy it has been for the manufacturers to suddenly improve their fuel economies recently? A small tweak here and there and suddenly an extra 10 mpg! BMW have proven that lower CO2 need not mean a 'worse' car and maybe, just maybe, don't you think the manufacturers (particularly in the US) wouldn't have been in this mess in the first place if they had made a decent effort to try and build a car with decent fuel economy?

The very fact that the SMMT are pleased seems to endorse this.

17 December 2008

[quote stuart74]

I never understand why people respond like this, I know you think that everyone lies (particularly politicians) but actually cutting CO2 is going to help you out! Firstly you are going to get better fuel economy, secondly you will probably be able to travel further without having to refuel, the air around the car is going to be cleaner (which is nice if you are a pedestrian!) and finally it may go some way to saving the planet...

I am not saying that global warming is caused by CO2, the jury is out on that point

[/quote]

Make you rmind up man ! You can't have it both ways.

Here's my view. The planet doesn't need "saving" as it's not warming up because of man. CO2 represents 0.038% of our air. 96% of it is not from man-made sources. The UK's proportion of the remaining 4% is so tiny as to be not worth mentioning. They want to tax me for driving a car and then not providing any alternative ? Understand now why I'm fed up and why people respond like that ?

ZM

17 December 2008

Is anyone else rapidly losing the will to live..........!!!!?????

17 December 2008

I guess I dont agree with the EU either. And frankly I worry that if something isnt done, and soon, we'll have a far more significant problem on our hands than this invented "man made global warming" religion/excuse.

The issue is that quick wins on CO2 reduction have been taken - 10% here, 10% there, easy-peasy - low-rolling-resistence tyres, engine remapping, aero-undertrays. All do-able and frankly done.

But from here on in it'll be tough as hell without a complete change in mindset and technologies - and a step-chnage in cost

Or you could just close up your European operation and relocate to the far east? And that's what they'll do. 100s of thousands of jobs will go and this won't be a recession, it'll be an economic "lifestyle change".

People died fighting wars to defend us against Nazism - well it's back and it's painted green, and we're running out of time for sense to prevail.

17 December 2008

What about the Co2 from aviation?

Its just been announced that Birmingham Airport has been given the go ahead to extend its runway. Surely that's at odds with trying to save the planet? The impact of reducing flights is surelt greater than trting to tax a handful of people out of an M5 or a C63AMG?

Don't get me started about the rubbish that you see billowing out of buses and trains. Surely making these greener would have a huge impact?

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