The third annual report, UK New Car Registrations by CO2 Performance, shows how the UK new car market has moved partly as a result of these changes, with growth in sales of superminis, more diesel models and growing demand for alternative-fuel vehicles.
In 2003 34.2% of all newly-registered cars emitted less than 151 g/km, falling within one of the lowest three VED bands, compared to 7.8% in 1997. Diesels and superminis accounted for 27.3% and 33.9% of the overall market respectively. In 1997, the figures were 16.2% and 26.5%. 4,266 alternative-fuelled cars were registered, 49.8% more than the 2,847 units reported in 2002.