PARIS – Fuel efficiency in new cars here has improved 5.6% since Jan. 1, when France updated its bonus/malus system by taxing higher-consumption vehicles and lowering the bonus bar for more frugal models. The 1.8 million new cars sold in 2012 in the country averaged 124.3 g/km of carbon dioxide, while the average for the 586,000 cars delivered in first four months this year was just 117.3 g/km (equivalent to 48 mpg [4.9 L/100 km] for a gasoline vehicle), according to the French ...

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