In brief: After the scrappage
A WORD of caution for the Government -- and indeed for us all -- the scrappage scheme. Figures from the UK suggest the average CO2 emission rating has been creeping up since the demise of the scheme. In order to meet EU targets in 2012, they need to be going in the opposite direction.
The scheme officially ended in April, when the average CO2 emission of new cars sold was 144.93g/km; however, it has crept back up to 145.26 for the cars sold in June. The numbers may not seem substantial, but for car manufacturers to get under the required 130g/km barrier, they need the figures to be keep going down.
For manufacturers to hit the target, average emissions need to drop by around 5pc a year. Currently, there are only three that have made it under the 130g/km barrier -- Toyota, Fiat and Mini.
"Car manufacturers are swimming against the tide now that the scrappage scheme has ended,'' said Jay Nagley, publisher of 'CleanGreen Cars', which conducted the research.
Maybe the answer is another scrappage scheme here?
UK Micra bows out
After 18 years and more than 2.3 million cars, production of Nissan's Micra is finally coming to a halt in the UK. A stalwart of production at Nissan's Sunderland plant, the car currently accounts for more than 40pc of all the cars that have been built there since 1986.
While production of the new Micra is being moved to several factories around the world, the Sunderland assembly line will not be quiet for long, with the site now gearing up for production of the new Nissan Juke.
VW aims to electrify
Volkswagen is aiming to be market leader in electric vehicles, according to its boss Martin Winterkorn. Hybrid and electric vehicles will account for 3pc of the VW Group's global sales by 2018, or around 300,000 cars, assuming that it reaches its target of selling 10 million vehicles annually by then.
"In urban areas, this share could be a lot higher," Mr Winterkorn says.
The VW brand plans to introduce a pure electric version of its Up! mini car, as well as an electric Golf and an electric Jetta saloon in 2013. There will also be hybrid versions of the Golf and Jetta. The VW brand will lead the drive to electrification, although sister brand Audi will also offer electric models and widen its hybrid offering.