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Average new car CO2 on track to hit target by 2012

Average new car carbon dioxide emissions fell by 4.5% in the third quarter of this year, the biggest drop on record.

The average is now 156.6g/km, which is 7.4 g/km less than a year ago.

If the rate of decline continues, average CO2 emissions will fall below 130g/km by 2012.

Jay Nagley, publisher, said: “The car industry says that the EU emission target of 130 g/km of CO2 cannot be met by 2012, but today’s figures suggest otherwise.

“With buyers increasingly turning to fuel-efficient smaller models and the economic clouds getting ever darker, consumers may force the car industry to meet the target, rendering the argument with the EU irrelevant.”

The 4.5% drop in new car CO2 comes after a 21.2% drop in September sales.

However, while the market for higher-emitting 4x4s and luxury cars fell 40.1 and 42.8% respectively, small city cars bucked the downward trend.

Sales of these fuel-efficient models actually rose by 17% last month.

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