A recent study by JATO Dynamics showed that average U.S. market cars release 85% more carbon dioxide (CO2) and incinerate twice as much fuel compared to Japanese and European market cars. The study also proved that Japanese and European vehicles are fast becoming environment-friendly.
In France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, the average emission of CO2 for all new cars in all categories (SUVs included) is 3.26 tons/year (since the beginning of 2008) based on 12,000 miles/year. While in Japan, the average emission of CO2 is 3.10 tons/year. In the U.S., the average CO2 emission for new cars is a surprising 5.77 tons/year.
When it comes to consumption of fuel, the study found that cars, minivans, and SUVs in the U.S. market consume 10.6 lt/100 km. While European cars consume 5.83 lt/ 100km and Japanese cars consume only 5.79 lt/100km.