Car registrations up… yet emission levels fall across the EU

CLEANER: CO2 emissions down by almost a quarter in a decade Photo credit: Public Domain Pictures

FIGURES just released for June 2018 showed a marked increase of 5.2 per cent across the EU, totalling 1.6 million new cars.  In terms of volume, the result is the highest June total on record. 

In Spain, the demand for cars increased by 8 per cent, just behind France with 9.2 per cent.

Over the first half of 2018, the European passenger car market grew by 2.9 per cent to reach 8,449,247 units. The strong performance of the new EU member states is worth highlighting, as registrations increased by 11.4 per cent so far this year.   The figures for Spain were also more than encouraging with an increase in demand of 10.1 per cent during the first six months of this year.

Other statistics from the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) showed that car makers have significantly reduced the environmental impact of manufacturing over the last decade.  This is despite the number of cars produced increasing from 11.9 million in 2013 to 17 million four years later.

The new data, recently published in ACEA’s Automobile Industry Pocket Guide, show that total CO2 emissions due to car production fell by almost 24 per cent since 2008.

Finally, as cars have become equipped with ever more features to make them cleaner, safer and smarter, vehicle production has become more complex. Despite this, the energy consumption per car produced decreased by almost 16 per cent over the last 10 years.

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