Toyota is probably feeling a little unloved right now. The US government has been trying to burn them at the stake, Chinese buyers are shunning them and even the Canadians are even saying “No, eh?” (My experience of Canadians is pretty much limited to “South Park” and “Due South”). But love and good news can come from the most unlikely of places.
Reuters reports that Toyota has made huge steps to complying with EU legislation several years ahead of schedule. The EU is getting quite serious with CO2. Official EU data, which was analyzed by green transport campaigners T&E, shows that Toyota has cut the average CO2 emissions from its cars by 10 percent. This was more than five times the pace of BMW, last year’s leader. The average CO2 emission for Toyota’s cars in 2009 was 132g/km. This puts it up with Fiat and PSA as the companies best placed to meet the EU’s target of 130g/km by 2015. With quite a few years to spare.
“Three years ago the car industry said it could not deliver car CO2 targets on time but is now set to achieve them years ahead of schedule,” said Jos Dings, director of T&E. When the conversation turned to van emission standards (about 175g/km by 2016), Mr Dings got rather cynical, “The same industry is saying van CO2 limits cannot be met – it is time the credibility of these claims was questioned,” Makes you wonder what the big problem about cutting CO2 really is. I thought diesel was the panacea to everything? High mileage and low CO2 emissions. Or do the credibility of those claims need questioning…?