The Scrappage Scheme is having a positive impact in reducing average CO2, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) says.
According to the latest figures released by SMMT, over 70 per cent of all new registrations under the scheme are smaller, more fuel efficient models. SMMT regularly publishes scrappage incentive registration figures and has collated further data to provide more detail on vehicles bought through the scheme.
Commenting on the data, SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said: "Since launching, the Scrappage Incentive Scheme has provided a welcome boost to new car registrations. Not only is it helping to reduce average CO2 emissions, but it is putting safer vehicles on our roads. The scheme should help to sustain demand into 2010 and have a positive impact on UK manufacturing and new car registrations during the first half of the year."
New cars registered through the scheme had an average CO2 value of 132.1g/km. This was 10.9 per cent below the average of all new cars registered between May and September, of 148.2g/km, and 27.4 per cent below the average CO2 of the scrapped car. The average CO2 emissions of old cars scrapped through the scheme is estimated to be 181.9g/km.