No improvement in fuel efficiency for years

New cars consume on average 42 per cent more fuel on the road than advertised in sales brochures, according to Transport & Environment’s latest Mind the Gap report. Despite auto industry claims of their vehicles’ ever-improving fuel economy, the gap between real-world fuel consumption and official figures has grown from 28 per cent in 2012 and 14 per cent a decade ago. In practice this means that a typical driver spends around €550 more per year in additional fuel costs compared to what might be expected from the official test figures.

Greg Archer, clean vehicles director of T&E, said: “There has been no improvement in the average efficiency of new cars on the road for four years because carmakers manipulate tests to achieve their CO2 targets instead of designing the car to be efficient on the road. As a result, drivers are being tricked and forced to buy more fuel; governments defrauded of tax revenues; and climate targets undermined.”

Source: T&E News, 9 January 2017. Link:


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