CO2 emissions of selected cars in Europe - by brand 2015

The statistic shows the average CO2 emissions produced per kilometer by new cars sold in Europe between 2012 and 2015, by brand. In 2015, Toyota vehicles sold throughout Europe produced average carbon dioxide emissions of around 107.7 grams per kilometer. The brand's most efficient cars include hybrid versions of the Auris and Yaris.

Car CO2 levels in Europe

In 2015, the average new car sold in Europe emitted some 119.3 grams of CO2 per kilometer, down from about 123.4 grams per kilometer in 2014, and a whopping 10.7 grams below the European Union’s carbon dioxide target for 2015. This CO2 target for the European Union’s passenger car fleet was set at 130 grams per kilometer in June 2009, when European policymakers approved the first legislation on introducing limits on carbon dioxide emissions from passenger vehicles. A new CO2 standard of 95 grams per kilometer is to take effect in 2020, unless the decision is thwarted by Angela Merkel. The German chancellor seeks to derail new limits on cars’ greenhouse-gas emissions in an attempt to protect the German automobile manufacturing industry, which is famous for the production of high-emission sedans and luxury cars. At around 128.2 grams per kilometer, Germany's Mercedes was ranked as the least CO2-efficient cars in the 2015 ranking.

In order to decrease overall carbon dioxide inventories, the European Union is continuing to promote the introduction of plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles such as Nissan’s Leaf or Toyota’s Prius Plug-in Hybrid. The Netherlands held an eight percent market share of worldwide plug-in vehicle sales in 2012, making it the third largest target market for plug-in hybrid EVs that year. In 2013, California-based Tesla announced its plans for expansion across the European Union and other European markets. The company’s electric Model S outsold the Volkswagen Golf on monthly sales in September 2013, to become the best-selling car in Norway. The growing demand for electric cars in Norway is triggered by the government’s generous incentives including subsidies, exemptions from tolls and free parking.

Average CO2 emissions of selected new cars sold in Europe from 2012 to 2015, by brand

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Release date

March 2016



Survey time period

2012 to 2015

Supplementary notes

The figures for 2012 and 2013 are taken from previous reports.

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