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Scrappage plan 'boosts green cars'

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The Government's car scrappage has not only improved sales but has resulted in greener vehicles on the road, according to a new report.

Research by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) showed that in 2009, average emissions from new cars stood at 149.5g of CO2 per one kilometre - down 5.4% from 2008.

According to the SMMT the year-on-year, improvement in emissions is the best since records began in 1997.

Cars brought under the scheme had average emissions of 133.3g/km - 26.8% less than the average of 182.3g/km for scrapped vehicles.

SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt stated: "Building consumer awareness and delivering effective mechanisms to influence buying behaviour through a long-term environmental tax regime and the Government's recently announced ultra-low carbon incentive scheme, will become increasingly important."

The least polluting cars last year were Mini models with average emissions down 6.7% to 115.6g/km, while luxury vehicles had the highest figures at 250.3g/km, although it was 6% lower compared to 2008.

© Press Association 2010