Seven big-name car manufacturers risk missing their mandatory range-average CO2 emissions targets unless they ramp up the pace of new car reductions.
Based on progress to date, Fiat, Suzuki, BMW, General Motors, Hyundai, Mazda and Honda would all miss the 2021 fleet average target of 95g/km.
Honda is the worst offender – based on today’s figures, the Japanese brand wouldn’t hit a 95g/km range-wide CO2 average of 95g/km until 2027 – SIX years after the deadline.
This means that Honda, along with others who miss the 2021 target, risks years of punitive financial penalties on every car sold in Europe unless it ups the pace of its CO2 reductions.
The fine is €95 per gram of CO2 the fleet average is over target, multiplied by the number of cars sold.
Eight brands on track for CO2 goal
In contrast, eight car brands are on track to meet the 2021 target – with both Toyota and Volvo expected to meet it three years early.
Daimler, Ford, Peugeot-Citroen and Renault should meet it by 2020, while VW Group and Nissan will, based on progress to date, meet it by the 2021 deadline.
The targets were introduced back in 2008 and campaign group Transport & Environment has been monitoring progress since then, through its ‘cars and CO2 report: the 2014 edition has just been published.
T&E clean vehicles manager Greg Archer said: “The report shows that most European carmakers are well positioned to hit their CO2 targets, irrespective of the size and type of vehicle they sell.
“Industry claims to the contrary have just been scaremongering. But some carmakers are beginning to lag behind and must raise their game to hit their targets”
Last year, he added, ALL European manufacturers hit their 2015 goal of a range-wide 130g/km CO2 average – two years ahead of schedule.