Consumer Preferences driving down Pollution

Audi Q5 TDIThe average vehicle sold in Australia is getting better at reducing the amount of pollution they create for the energy they are producing.  But fewer Australians are choosing low emissions cars, according to a report released by the National Transport Commission.

Every year since 2002 the average emission intensity figures have fallen, however this year’s result is the equal smallest drop on record.

This is partly because of changing consumer preferences and buying patterns, with over 32,000 more SUVs and 15,000 more utes sold last year when compared to 2015.

If all Australians who purchased a new car last year had bought the most efficient car available then the national average CO2 emission intensity figure would have dropped to 75 grams per kilometre travelled – a reduction of 59 per cent.

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David’s boyhood passion for motor cars did not immediately lead to a professional role in the motor industry. A qualified Civil Engineer he specialised in traffic engineering and transport planning. What followed were various positions including being seconded to a government think-tank for the planning of transport firstly in Sydney and then for the whole of NSW. After working with the NRMA and as a consultant he moved to being an independent writer and commentator on the broader areas of transport and the more specific areas of the cars we drive. His half hour motoring program “Overdrive” has been described as an “informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas”. It is heard on 22 stations across Australia. He does weekly interviews with several ABC radio stations and is also heard on commercial radio in Sydney. David has written for metropolitan and regional newspapers and has presented regular segments on metropolitan and regional television stations. David is also a contributor for AnyAuto