Is your car easier on fuel than five years ago? New report says 'No'
Latest data claims that there is a widening gap developing between lab and real-world figures
Your car is nearly as hard on fuel as its predecessor was five years ago, if an updated new report is to be believed.
It says that CO2 emissions are virtually unchanged for the fifth year in a row.
It further claims that emissions have only really fallen by 2pc since 2012.
Critically, it calculates that that translates into €400 a year in extra fuel costs for an average car (I presume over and above the claimed lab results).
The gap between real and laboratory performance is highlighted by the independent International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) in its updated report.
Its data is also analysed by Transport & Environment, the European umbrella group for non-governmental organisations in the field.
While the analysis is a bit of a rant in places (to put it bluntly), the figures are out there so let’s see if they are challenged or disputed.
Basically they say the current laboratory tests to establish emissions levels (they call them ‘fake’, which is a bit strong) are coming up with 11pc improvements in efficiency.