German car emissions ‘worst in Europe’
The Transport and Environment (T&E) Group has claimed that of all the major European car manufacturers, Germany’s brands are the worst for emissions improvements.T&E’s figures take into account new models produced by major European manufacturers between 2005 and 2006. They show that the average German car produced 173g/km of CO2 in 2006 – up 1 g/km on the previous year. T&E put much of this down to the manufacturers not cutting enough weight from their cars. Daimler (then DaimlerChrysler) posted the worst results, having increased the average weight of its cars by 4.1 per cent between 2005 and 2006, and increased average CO2 output by 6g/km over the same period.BMW is the only exception to the poor German performance, which improved the average CO2 output of its cars by 2.5 per cent, or 4 g/km, between 2005 and 2006.By contrast, Toyota improved its average CO2 output by the most, with a five per cent reduction, and Fiat posted the best average figure of 144g/km CO2.