Cars: Exhaust Emissions

Transport written question – answered on 26th June 2012.

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Photo of Steve McCabe Steve McCabe Labour, Birmingham, Selly Oak

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many cars with tailpipe carbon emissions below 110g/km were sold in (a) 2010 and (b) 2011; and what estimate she has made of the likely number of such cars to be sold in each of the next three years.

Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport

During 2010, 148,617 new cars with tailpipe CO2 emissions under 110 g/km were registered for the first time in Great Britain. The corresponding number for 2011 was 247,425. Additional cars with tailpipe emissions under 110 g/km would have been registered for the first time during 2010 and 2011 but these vehicles would have been used imports or re-registrations.

Cars with tailpipe emissions under 110 g/km accounted for 7.5 per cent of all the new cars registered for the first time in 2010. This rose to 13 per cent in 2011.

The Department for Transport has not made any specific forecasts of the number of such vehicles that are likely to be registered for the first time in future years, although we are confident the number will grow.

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