UK cars are greener than ever

According to the latest figures from the Society of Motoring Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the average fuel efficiency of a new car today is nearly a third higher than ten years ago.

This means today’s new cars have the highest mpg figures of any period in history thanks to a host of new, fuel-saving improvements.

Cars such as the world’s first diesel hybrid, the Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 crossover and electric cars such as the Citroen C-Zero have helped to push up average fuel economy to above 50mpg.

Alternative fuelled vehicles, including electric and hybrid cars, also enjoyed their most successful month ever in November after over 2,000 were sold in the UK.

This gives alternative-fuelled vehicles a record 1.6 per cent share in the market. However, diesel also enjoyed its largest ever share at 55.6 per cent, highlighting the move towards more efficient cars in the UK.

Cars such as Vauxhall’s efficient Ecoflex range, Ford’s Econetic range and Renault’s Eco2 models showcase the growing popularity of diesel engines in the UK.

Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Despite the Chancellor delaying the 3p rise in fuel duty, our cost of fuel is still among the highest in Europe, so customers are sure to welcome the 29.3% improvement in new car fuel efficiency over the last 10 years, a demonstration of industry’s commitment to delivering good value to motorists.”

New low-consumption cars such as the Vauxhall Ampera, an extended range electric car, will be launched in Vauxhall dealerships in 2012 and the average fuel economy figure is expected to continue to rise.