NOT SO GREEN
Last year, there were 51 “green” car models — defined as not exceeding 120 g/km — on sale in Australia and they accounted for 2.5 per cent of total new-car deliveries. The previous year there were 72 models, tallying 4.7 per cent of deliveries.
The report is not based on actual vehicle emissions, which depends on factors such as distance travelled, and the nature of road and traffic conditions. Instead, the laboratorytested emissions average for each model — and a detailed list of who buys them — is supplied to the National Transport Commission by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, the car industry lobby group.
In 2016 the average carbon dioxide emissions for Australianmade cars was 213g/km, a 2.3 per cent increase over the previous year. Of the three brands, Toyota had the lowest emissions (175g/km), then Holden (233) and Ford (234).