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by Matt Brogan

Fiat has set a new record for average CO2 emissions on its cars sold in Europe during the first half of 2009.

The new figure of just 129.1 grams per kilometre – corroborated by automotive advisory leader JATO – means that Fiat is the only mainstream car brand to achieve the European average goal, of 130 g/km by 2015, five years early.

An important contribution to this result is the enormous growth in popularity of natural gas powered passenger cars, such as the Multipla (pictured above). During the same time period Fiat sold approximately 65,000 ‘Natural Power’ cars across Europe, each with an average CO2 emissions figure of 115.8 g/km in CO2 emissions.

“Improving the environment is not a goal for the future, but something we can do right away,” said Mr Lorenzo Sistino, CEO of Fiat Automobiles. “These figures show the unceasing dedication Fiat lavishes on seeking innovative solutions to control polluting emissions and the level of CO2.

“But Fiat’s commitment has always been to the public’s real needs and won’t be stopping here. Our aim is actually to reinforce our European record in emissions reduction by introducing new engines, new technologies and new applications.

“New engines are being introduced – like the innovative MultiAir technology on petrol engines, making them capable of guaranteeing up to 10 per cent lower CO2 emissions, and the new generation of Common Rail MultiJet diesel engines that will make their debut on the Punto Evo and that will be gradually adopted on all of our Group’s cars.

“New technologies, like Start&Stop, introduced on the Fiat 500, is now standard on all Punto Evo Euro 5 engines. Start&Stop can cut CO2 emissions in the urban cycle by as much as 12 per cent.

“Other applications such as eco:Drive – our innovative software programme – allows drivers to analyse personal driving styles so as to optimise consumption and emissions. Sixty thousand people have downloaded it in less than a year since its launch, and 25,000 are using it daily.”

Attention paid to sustainable mobility is part of a strategic undertaking by the entire Group. Fiat Group was recently acknowledged as a leader in terms of sustainability following its entry into the Dow Jones Sustainability (DJSI) World and Dow Jones Sustainability STOXX Indexes.

The top ten brands are as follows:

  1. Fiat (129.1 g/km)
  2. Toyota (132.9 g/km)
  3. Peugeot (134.5 g/km)
  4. Citroën (138.1 g/km)
  5. Renault (138.9 g/km)
  6. Ford (140.4 g/km)
  7. Opel (149.5 g/km)
  8. Volkswagen (152.5 g/km)
  9. Audi (162.6 g/km)
  10. Mercedes (178.8 g/km)



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