European cars are beginning to emit less carbon dioxide emissions, it has been suggested
A recent study by research group JATO Dynamics found that carbon dioxide emission levels from new cars in Europe are falling faster than ever before.
In addition, it looks likely that average rates will meet EU targets set for 2015.
David Di Girolamo, head of JATO Consult, commented:
"The pace of improvement is remarkable and shows just how rapidly the industry has reacted to environmental demands.
"In 2003, only 24 per cent of the market achieved an average of 130g/km. This was 40 per cent by 2007, 51 per cent in 2008 and 69 per cent last year, already ahead of the 2012 EU target."
He added: "This achievement is even greater when set in the context of new cars becoming larger, safer and better equipped, as consumer demands reach ever higher."
According to the Independent, government incentives such as tax breaks and scrappage schemes have encouraged consumers and manufacturers to opt for smaller, more efficient vehicles.