Ford Kills UK Plan to 'Green' Label Cars

The car label was modelled on the colour-coded A to G energy label on every new fridge, freezer and washing machine sold in Britain

Published: 03-Feb-2004

A plan to give every new car in Britain a colour-coded "energy label" indicating its pollution levels has been killed off by the car giant Ford.

The US car maker, which has claimed it is a champion of "green" motoring, objected to the proposal on behalf of the British motor industry last week, forcing ministers to abandon the scheme.

Environmentalists are furious at the industry's veto, because they fear it will now take at least four years before a similar scheme is likely to be introduced by the European Commission. In that time, more than 10 million new cars will have been sold, including hundreds of thousands of fuel-hungry 4x4s and luxury cars.

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