New car CO2 emissions continued to fall in 2010 with a drop of 3.5% compared with 2009, figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show.
Since the SMMT started its CO2 report in 2000, average emissions from new cars have fallen by 20%, from 173.5g/km to 144.2g/km.
Last year 40% of new cars sold had CO2 emissions of less than 130g/km, compared with just 1% in 2000. More than half of new cars had emissions below 140g/km, compared with 8.2% in 2000/
The 2010 reduction of 3.5% is the 10th successive fall, but is slightly smaller than the 4.7% drop recorded in 2009 and the 4.2% decrease reported in 2008. Difficult economic conditions and the scrappage scheme have encouraged people into smaller cars and helped with these bigger reductions in average levels over the past three years.
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