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Australians are choosing to buy far more fuel efficient cars than they were ten years ago according to the New Australian Light Vehicles Carbon Dioxide Emissions Intensity 2014 released by the National Transport Commission (NTC) today.

Ten years of data show Aussies choosing lower emissions vehicles

17 April 2015

Australians are choosing to buy far more fuel efficient cars than they were ten years ago according to the New Australian Light Vehicles Carbon Dioxide Emissions Intensity 2014 released by the National Transport Commission (NTC) today.

CEO of the NTC Paul Retter said the analysis shows the average carbon dioxide emissions intensity for new cars sold in Australia has fallen by 22 per cent in the last decade.

“Australians have always loved their cars, but this data shows that more and more they are loving cars that save them money at the fuel pump,” Mr Retter said.

“Manufacturers are doing their bit too – the average emissions intensity of Australian made vehicles fell between 18 and 28 per cent over ten years.”

The greatest reductions in average emissions intensities were in the sports and SUVs segments which fell by 32 and 29 per cent respectively and petrol powered vehicles, which fell by 26 per cent over the past decade.

“Ten years ago there were only three low emission car models available to Australians. Today our car buyers can choose from 59 models that emit less than 120 grams of carbon dioxide for every kilometre they travel,” Mr Retter said.

“Of course not every Australian is choosing a low-emissions car. If every new car buyer chose the lowest emissions car available our national average emissions would improve by 50 per cent.”

The report also found:

  • In 2014 the national average carbon emissions intensity from new passenger and light commercial vehicles was 188 g/km. This is a 2.3 per cent reduction from 2013.
  • About 91 per cent of all new vehicle sales were from just 15 makes.
  • Of these 15 makes, BMW had the lowest corporate average emissions intensity (151 g/km) and Jeep had the highest (222 g/km).The average emissions intensity for all Australian-made vehicles was 210 g/km in 2014. This figure hasn’t changed since 2012.
  • Private buyers purchased vehicles with the lowest average emissions intensity (182 g/km), followed by business buyers (193 g/km) and government buyers (207 g/km).
  • The average emission intensity for new passenger vehicles in the European Union was 127 g/km in 2013. In the same year, Australia’s average emissions intensity was 182 g/km, 43 per cent higher.
  • The NTC would like to thank the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries for providing the data to assist in developing this report.

Download a copy of the New Australian Light Vehicles Carbon Dioxide Emissions Intensity 2014 report.

 

Last Updated: 18/11/2016