New Cars Produce Too Many Emissions, Keep Old Models

“…new cars produce too many emissions”

The motor industry has been grabbing headlines over recent months but among the coverage has been a great deal of inaccurate theories and perceptions. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has developed MotorIndustryFacts.com as a portal to gain truthful insight into the UK automotive sector.
Below are a selection of the inaccurate comments we have seen about the industry and the detail needed to help separate the fact from the fiction.

“Building new cars produces so many emissions that it’s better for the environment to keep running an old model than it is to buy a new one”

Fiction: Building new cars produces so many emissions that it’s better for the environment to keep running an old model than it is to buy a new one.

Fact: Only 10% of a car’s life-time CO2 emissions come from producing it. 85% are generated through use and 5% from recycling it at the end of its life.

The motor industry has been working to cut the environmental impact of its products across their entire lifecycle. The energy needed to produce each vehicle is down 12%, water use is down 9% and waste to landfill is down 25%, compared to the previous year. CO2 emissions per vehicle produced have fallen 14% in the last year and by 45% since 1999 plus, almost 10,000 tonnes of waste have been prevented from entering landfill sites.

Car manufacturers have cut average new car CO2 emissions by their biggest ever margin, reducing emissions by 3.8% over the first nine months of 2008. The average new car now emits just 158.6g/km, down from 164.9g/km at the end of 2007 and 16.4% down on the 189.8g/km base in 1997.

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