Car manufacturers are supposed to achieve an average of 130g/km CO2 over their ranges this year, but Cleangreencars.co.uk has claimed that it simply isn't achievable.
Over the total market, the average CO2 is 138.35g/km CO2, because currently only nine manufacturers are under the magic 130g/km CO2 target.
Fiat, Citroen, Toyota, SEAT, Lexus, MINI, Alfa Romeo, Peugeot and Hyundai range between 116.31g/km (Fiat) and 129.98g/km (Hyundai). Other makers may join them in 2012, though many won't and have no cause to worry about fines for missing the target.
You see, the magical '130g/km for 2012' mantra isn't true for all manufacturers. To get Orwellian, some are more equal than others – manufacturers who make heavier cars have higher targets to meet. Mercedes, with a range average weight of 1661kgs, has to hit an average of 143g/km. A touch higher than the rest.
If a manufacturer sells less than 300,000 cars in the EU the target is also of no consequence. They can continue to have a range coverage of 190g/km if it suits them. There is one, minor, proviso – their averages have to be 25% lower than they were in 2007.
There is a way to let manufacturers know that you're not happy with polluting vehicles – vote with your wallets. The way the UK market is moving, lower-emissions vehicles are becoming more popular. They're cheaper to tax and fuel – both of which tend to be prohibitively expensive.
To see a full list of manufacturers' CO2 emissions head to Clean Green Cars' special page.