Car makers are being accused of cheating official fuel tests, which throws the impressive reduction in CO2 produced by new cars into doubt. We could be paying fuel bills up to 25 per cent higher than those claimed by official tests for our ‘fuel efficient’ cars because makers are abusing the system, according to a leading transport pressure group. The criticism comes as new European figures show official carbon dioxide figures for new cars sold in the region last year dropped to 127g/km, equivalent to an 56.5mpg average.
That means that, on paper at least, makers have already exceeded 2015 targets to cut the average to 130g/km. But this is nothing like what owners achieve in real-life driving, according to the Brussels-based Transport & Environment (T&E) group, which has calculated the real average is 45mpg. “Fuel efficiency standards…are being undermined by an obsolete test,” said T&E’s clean vehicles manager Greg Archer in a statement. “The test procedures are a Swiss cheese, full of loopholes, that carmakers exploit to exaggerate improvements in fuel economy and emissions.” Source: The Telegraph