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Published: Wednesday 15 October 2008

With countries trying to cut down on vehicular emissions, Mexico has decided to do its bit using e-technology. Mexico's government is giving car buyers a web site-- http://www.ecovehiculos.gob.mx (in Spanish)--via which they can figure out for themselves how environmentally friendly their new vehicle might be. The most polluting car in Mexico is a Rolls Royce Phantom which releases 574 grams of carbon dioxide per km. Following it is the Mercedes Benz ML 63 AMG, with 391 grams per km. The cleanest car around in Mexico is a Honda Civic Hybrid with just 100 grams per km. With some two million us cars having entered Mexico in the last two years, some of which are old vehicles and do not meet us emission standards, the government plans to use this website to help keep a check on ghg emissions and smog by giving potential buyers pollution and mileage figures for each model.

Other than garbage incineration which is a major culprit, cars contribute to 70 per cent of the smog in Mexico's big cities.

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