All those new car buyers who had thought that their cars are less pollutant are wrong. According to a study by Automotive Research Association of India, it is stated that new cars in India have higher emission levels than old cars.
ARAI had conducted a research on emission levels and analysis of results was released by Centre for Science and Environment. The research institute had classified the cars in into groups based on year of manufacture. The study took in the cars manufactured since 1991. The categories were 1991-96, 1996-2000, 2000-2005 and post 2005.
The study stated that cars manufactured before the year 2000 with the engine size of more than 1.4 liter has emission levels of 143gm/km. In comparison, the post 2005 cars with same engine size emitted 173gm/km. The euro standards for CO2 emission is 140 gm/km. The report stated that due to increase in Carbon dioxide emission, the fuel efficiency of cars had dropped from 16 kmpl to 13 kmpl. ARAI said that due to new cars, pollution levels in Delhi rose by 73 percent in the last five years.