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EU helps save motorists £££s in lower fuel bills

November 30, 2010 12:01 AM
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Average mpg is falling due to laws brought in by the EU, saving typical motorists hundreds of pounds a year

New cars being sold in Britain offer more miles to the gallon than ever before, and the improvements are set to continue.

Official figures reveal that an EU law approved in 2008 has led to a 10% average improvement in the fuel efficiency of new vehicles over the past two years.

Midlands manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover under its new Tata ownership has led the way with a range of new fuel-efficient engines and new compact models such as the acclaimed Range Rover Evoque, which combines 150HP and up to 58mpg.

West Midlands MEP Liz Lynne supported the EU legislation and has welcomed signs that car manufacturers are likely to beat the 2015 target for fuel efficiency as early as next year.

Liz Lynne said: "The law introduced in 2008 has helped to save the average motorist hundreds of pounds through lower fuel bills from more efficient engines and has also reduced CO2 emissions.

"It is fantastic to see how JLR has risen to this challenge, which affects all manufacturers trying to sell cars here. The new JLR models are fantastic and have been well received in all their key markets.

"This is an EU measure that everyone should welcome, especially in more rural counties where cars are going to remain an essential form of transport for daily journeys.

"One country acting alone could not have made car manufacturers make this kind of expensive investment needed without either losing some brands or handing local manufacturers a competitive disadvantage.

"It needed Europe-wide legislation to act as a catalyst to encourage manufacturers on a level playing field to show what they could do.

"By acting with our European neighbours we can successfully drive forward innovation, protect the environment and reduce costs for drivers."