Vauxhall to cut emissions to 95g/km by 2020

  • No pure electric vehicles for Vauxhall
  • 'Minimum electrification' needed
  • Disappointing Ampera sales prompt rethink
Words By Vicky Parrott

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Vauxhall will have an average CO2 output of 95g/km across its range, by 2020, according to president of Vauxhall and Opel Europe, Karl-Thomas Neumann.

Neumann said this would be achieved 'with minimum electrification. We have the technology for pure-electric cars, but we have decided not to use it, as demand is so low and it is too expensive. We can achieve an average 95g/km by 2020 with more efficient combustion engines and lighter materials.'

General Motors already has a plug-in hybrid electric-petrol car in the form of the Vauxhall Ampera, but the company has changed its plans to roll out the technology in other large models after disappointing sales across Europe.