Fiat boasts lowest CO2 emissions
The Fiat model line-up, including the low-CO2 Fiat 500 city car, is the most environmentally friendly, it was revealed today.
Figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show average new car emissions dropped by a record 5.4 per cent in 2009, with Fiat coming top of the manufacturer’s table.
Average new car emissions now stands at just 149.5g/km compared to 158g/km in 2008 and 189.8g/km when statistics were first compiled in 1997.
By 2015, EU regulation states each car manufacturer will be required to have sub-130g/km emissions across the entire range, and so far Fiat is the only manufacturer which falls below the figure.
However, Toyota, led by the Prius hybrid, Peugeot, Citroen and Ford are within 10g/km of the 130g/km level.
Even performance car manufacturers such as Ferrari and Porsche have recently announced hybrid and low-CO2 designs will be a part of any future model line-up.
Fiat says engines such as the 900cc Twin-Air and 1.3-litre MultiJet unit have helped the manufacturer record the lowest CO2 emissions figures in the industry.