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Fiat is Europe’s cleanest car brand for sixth year

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  1. Herbie

    Herbie Regolare

    Grande Punto 1.4
    Fiat is Europe’s cleanest car brand for sixth year

    Fiat has been named Europe’s cleanest car brand for 2012; a title it has now achieved for the sixth year running.
    Automotive data analysts JATO Dynamics yet again singled out the Italian brand for recording an average CO2 output of 119.8g/km for the cars sold from its nine model range, despite a 1.5g increase on 2011’s figure (118.3g/km).
    It was helped by its popular TwinAir models, which emit 95g/km of CO2.

    Mercedes-Benz marked the greatest improvement in CO2 output through 2012, slashing tailpipe emissions by 14.4g.km from 162.2g/km to 147.8g/km.
    Despite this progress, it remained rock bottom of the top 20 just behind fellow non-mover Volvo.
    Three of the top five cleanest brands were French with Peugeot and Renault jumping three slots to second and third place respectively. Citroen completed the trio at number five.

    Targets looming

    Gareth Hession, Vice President for Research at JATO, said: “The majority of
    volume brands have continued to reduce CO2 emissions this year, through a
    combination of smarter engineering and increased sales of electric and hybrid
    The cleanest cars in Europe live in Portugal where average CO2 output for cars sold last year sunk 5.6g to 117.1g/km.
    The average CO2 figure for new cars sold in Europe in 2012 also decreased by 3.9g to 132.3g/km with every country except Belgium reducing its average carbon emissions due to accelerated diesel sales.
    “With the European Union’s manufacturer targets looming, it will be interesting
    to see if the regional variation starts to level out over the next 12 months,”
    Hession concluded.

    Top 20 best-selling brands ranked by average CO2 emissions:

    SOURCE: Fiat is Europe’s cleanest car brand for sixth year | TheGreenCarWebsite.co.uk

    [The record is certified by JATO Dynamics, the world’s leading provider of automotive intelligence.This is an important achievement and a proof of Fiat’s commitment to sustainable mobility: in the past 6 years, Fiat has reduced its average CO2 emissions by about 13% from 137,3 to 119,8 g/km, a result that is significantly lower than the average target set by the European Union for 2015 (130 g/km).

    Among the various technologies introduced throughout the year, the new 0.9 TwinAir Turbo Natural Power engine is a 80 hp bi-fuel (natural gas/gasoline) two-cylinder engine which combines the ecological advantages of CNG fuel with the power and driving fun of TwinAir technology. The Fiat Panda was the first car in the world to be equipped with this innovative engine which guarantees reduced levels of CO2 (86 g/km), among the lowest value on the market.

    Fiat Group has been Europe’s leading producer of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) natural gas vehicles for more than 15 years. It offers the largest eco-friendly bi-fuel (natural gas/gasoline) range, satisfying the needs of a wide variety of private and commercial consumers. From 1997 to 2012, Fiat sold more than 500,000 Natural Power cars and commercial vehicles.

    In addition to the new engine, Fiat believes that the environmental impact of vehicles is strongly influenced by consumer’s driving behavior. Fiat continues to invest in eco:Drive, an application that improves driving styles by giving personalized recommendations for reducing emissions, saving fuel and quantifying economic advantages. In 2012, the eco:Drive mobile application was created and made immediate feedback possible through smartphones. With the launch of 500L, the next generation eco:Drive Live was introduced and allows the user to monitor driving style in real time on the radio display.
    Today, approximately 90.000 eco:Drive users are saving 5.000 tons of CO2 per year.

    SOURCE: http://www.automotiveworld.com/news...recorded-the-lowest-co2-emissions-in-europe/]
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  2. amit

    amit Superiore

    Navi Mumbai
    The achievement is commendable no doubt. The article does not mention the method in which the testing was done though. Also, it's the auto maker that's being judged in which case big engine maker's will fall back doesn't mean they are not good in technology.

    If we look at the top ranker's, it's Fiat, Peugeot, Renault, Toyota, Citoren - all having small car's with small engine's in their line up. Look at Ford, Skoda, VW - they are the big seller's in Europe but fall back due to bigger sized cars and engines in their line up? See the bottom ranker's, Mercedes, Volvo, BMW, Audi - all maker's with big capacity engines in their line up.

    I remember long back in India, Matiz was voted the most environmentally friendly car beating even Mercedes, a fact that Daewoo's marketing guy's never got tired to repeating.
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2013
  3. gurjinder

    gurjinder Staff Member Janitor

    ^^ Pertinent point. The average rating has somewhat fuzzed up the figures.

    Comparing the 2.0 Multijet vs the BMW 2.0 Turbo diesel as found in the 320d, the Bimmer actually has lesser CO[SUB]2[/SUB] emissions gram/km than the Multijet 2.0. 120gm/Km as compared to 135gm/Km. Also, the 320d is putting out 19hp more than the Multijet - so that makes the emissions difference even more significant. And, this BMW engine is outdated and on it's way to the history books so the newer one will be even more cleaner.

    But having said that, comparing a premium segment engine with a lower segment one is not right.
  4. imranshks

    imranshks Superiore

    So, we can proudly say "FIAT > Mercedes Benz" when it comes to emissions / being eco friendly ;)

    Another reason to be proud of driving a Multijet Diesel.

    Cheers !!!
  5. Herbie

    Herbie Regolare

    Grande Punto 1.4
    on a lighter note.. YES ;)
    But for the actual case(ground reality) in a nutshell...read the above posts by Amit and Gurjinder, they have summed it up aptly.
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  6. PatchyBoy

    PatchyBoy Esperto

    Ironically, FIAT is the only car maker, who has increased CO2 emissions in 2012 as compared to 2011, apart for Chevrolet, which has increased emissions by a very small amount. Figuratively speaking, we can say FIAT is better than Merc, when it comes to emissions, but then my other Italian vehicle can beat all these cars hands down. It is 8 speed, rear wheel drive which has 0.0 g/KM CO2 emission.

    So, that makes my 1 HP (Human Power) bicycle better that even FIAT, right?

    Last edited: Mar 26, 2013
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