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Carmakers' fuel claims 'mislead'

LUXURY car brands have been slammed for inaccurate and misleading fuel consumption data by An Taisce.

The environmental group has called on the EU to resist the delaying tactics of these car manufacturers and adopt the new global testing standard.

An Taisce said that reform is long overdue of the EU fuel consumption testing regime, which the organisation said is open to large-scale manipulation by car manufacturers.

A new global testing standard will be available from 2014.

An Taisce is backing calls by Transport and Environment, a Europe-wide federation working to reduce energy use and emissions, for its adoption in the EU without delay.

The International Council on Clean Transport (ICCT) report points to widespread manipulation of the current system.

And it shows carmakers guilty of an intricate spectrum of sharp practice that produces theoretical fuel consumption figures that are far from reality.