Green label will help new car buyers make a low carbon choice

10 February 2005 #SMMT News

Buyers will be given more information about a new car’s green credentials, thanks to the introduction of an improved environmental label. Featuring colour-coded bands for CO2 emissions and a guide to annual running costs, the label will help drive home the message that low CO2 emissions and cheaper motoring go hand in hand.

The new label will be displayed on new vehicles in car showrooms and was announced at today’s Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) conference in Gaydon, by the Secretary of State for Transport, Alistair Darling MP.

SMMT chief executive, Christopher Macgowan, added, ‘By introducing this new voluntary label, the motor industry has shown its commitment to giving its customers clearer information on environmental performance. Model by model comparisons will be made easier for new car buyers as a result.’

UK motor manufacturers have agreed to the introduction of the colour-coded label, supplementing a label first introduced by SMMT in 1999. It will be displayed on all new cars in time for the number plate change in September.

In addition to CO2 emissions, estimated annual fuel costs and VED rates, the label includes information on fuel type, average fuel consumption and engine size.

Download a sample of the label by clicking on the link below.


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