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Manufacturer launches software to promote greener driving

Fri, 10 Oct 2008
Italian car-maker Fiat has launched software to let motorists know how changing their driving habits could lower their carbon footprint.

Entitled Eco:drive, the system will allow road users to analyse their gear changes, speed, acceleration and deceleration - and then receive motoring advice regarding altering their method behind the wheel to reduce their CO2 emissions.

Drivers will be able to plug any USB stick into their compatible Fiat 500 or Grande Punto's Blue&Me port and then transfer the device's data onto their computer via the installed software.

Eco:drive is free to download from Fiat's website and the company says that drivers "can expect improve their driving efficiency [with] a 15 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions and in fuel costs".

The launch of the software comes at the same time as the car-maker recorded its best monthly sales result in the UK since September 2004.

Fiat now have a three per cent market share in the UK following 9,818 sales in September, of which the Fiat 500 accounted for over a third (3,624).

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