BERLIN (dpa-AFX) - Consumers are to be better informed about the fuel consumption and emissions of their potential new car when buying a car in future with a new car label. An amendment to the regulation on energy consumption labeling for passenger cars came into force on Friday, the Federal Ministry of Economics announced in Berlin. The aim of the amendment is to significantly improve consumer information and add further important details.

"The improved labeling of new cars brings more transparency when buying a car," said Federal Minister of Economics Robert Habeck (Greens) according to the press release. In future, consumption and emission values would have to be stated on the basis of a more realistic test measurement procedure. The reason for the amendment was a Europe-wide change to the test measurement procedure.

Implementation from May 1

According to the Federal Ministry of Economics, dealers and manufacturers must implement the car label from May 1st of this year. The label must be attached directly to the vehicle on display in the dealership or its contents must be indicated accordingly when purchasing via the Internet.

Color-coded CO2 classes show at a glance how many CO2 emissions a car emits compared to alternative models, according to the statement. The emission classes are now based on absolute CO2 emissions and the weight of the vehicle no longer plays a role.

In addition, a separate label would be introduced for each type of drive, which would provide customers with significantly more relevant information, it said. For fully electric cars and plug-in hybrids, the power consumption and electric range would also be indicated. The car label would also provide information on the annual energy costs for a mileage of 15,000 kilometers and the current vehicle tax for the new car./rwi/DP/mis