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CO2 emissions of cars sold in Europe - by manufacturer 2018

The statistic shows the average CO2 emissions produced per kilometer by new cars sold by selected manufacturers in Europe in 2018, compared with the 2020/21 targets regulated by the European Union. In 2018, Daimler cars sold throughout Europe produced average carbon dioxide emissions of around 133 grams per kilometer.

Car CO2 levels in Europe

In 2018, the average new car sold in Europe emitted some 121 grams of CO2 per kilometer, up from about 119.3 grams per kilometer in 2015. The 2020/21 CO2 target for the European Union’s passenger car fleet is set at 95 grams per kilometer. European policymakers introduced revised limits on carbon dioxide emissions from passenger vehicles that is to take effect in 2020.

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. Demand for electric cars continues to grow in many countries.

Average CO2 emissions of manufacturers' passenger car fleets in Europe in 2018, compared with 2020/21 targets

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August 2019



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Supplementary notes

* FCA and Tesla agreed to trade emissions certificates to the value of about 1.8 billion U.S. dollars.

** The 2020/21 values represent binding targets as measured via the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) to reduce CO2 emissions regulated under EU law.

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