Fuel Consumption and CO2

This page was last updated on 18th September 2020

Climate Change is recognised as one of the greatest environmental threats facing the World today and it has long been appreciated by governments that reducing the impact of the motor vehicle has an important part to play in addressing this threat.

We have developed databases listing most of the cars and new vans available for sale in the UK.

Use the links below for more information on using our databases, and the other related services to industry that we offer.

Fuel Consumption Labelling

Responsibilities of Vehicle Manufacturers, Importers and Dealers.

Cars and Fuel options

This guide contains data on vehicles running on petrol and diesel, as well as alternative fuels, such as Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), and hybrid and electric vehicles.

Tyre Labelling

Since November 2012, the EU Tyre Labelling regulation has required tyre manufacturers and tyre distributors to display a consumer information label on all C1, C2 and C3 tyres.

Car fuel data, CO2 and vehicle tax tools Disclaimer

Information is provided by manufacturers on a voluntary basis and subject to checks before being published on the New Car Fuel Consumption and Emissions database.

Cars and Emissions

In the UK, road transport is now the largest source of CO2 emissions.

Air Quality

Emissions of the main air pollutants are regulated by the EU Euro emissions standards, under the vehicle ‘type approval’ process.

Health Impacts of poor air quality and government measures to tackle air quality emissions from cars.

The effects of air pollution on health varies widely between individuals and sub-groups of the population

How to use the data

Learn more on how we measure, collate and present the data.

CO2 Targets for Vans

In the UK, a number of measures have been introduced to promote the purchase of zero-emission vans.

Other relevant issues

Measures to reduce car CO2 emissions.

Zero and Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs)

ULEVs are currently defined as having less than 75 grams of CO2 per kilometre (g/km) from the tail pipe.

Accessibility statement for the VCA New Car Fuel Consumption Website

VCA is committed and is actively working to ensure that the tools on this site are usable and accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of disability, capability or technology.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who does the testing? A: Testing is carried out either by independent test organisations, or by the vehicle manufacturers or importers themselves, usually at their own test facilities.   In the UK, and before the results are officially recognised, the…