Cars are more fuel efficient than ever before, according to data published by car data specialists DrivenData. The average fuel economy of new cars sold in the UK has improved by 7.64% over the last year, from 41.9mpg in October 2009 to 45.1mpg in October 2010.
DrivenData maintains a database of data on all new cars on sale in the UK and used manufacturers’ official figures for fuel consumption on the combined cycle (a mix of urban and out of town driving) to calculate the improvement. Although many drivers find that they can’t replicate manufacturers’ official fuel consumption figures in real life, the good thing about them is that they are all calculated in the same way. This means you can use them to compare different cars’ fuel consumption when buying a new car.
Fuel economy and CO2 emissions have become hot topics over the last few years – and this emphasis seems to have been boosted by the recession and the global credit crunch, as car drivers have sought to lower the running costs of their cars. Small wonder, really, given the never-ending rise of petrol and diesel prices and the cost of road tax for cars with high CO2 emissions.
It’s probably the first time in my life that I can remember new cars offering economy features in favour of performance improvements – and long may it continue. Despite my enthusiasm for motorsport, the reality is that today’s road cars are already plenty fast enough. Reducing fuel consumption and harmful emissions is far more important in my view – what do you think?