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FIAT First To Beat EC 130g/km CO2 Range Average

Thu, 17 Sep 2009


FIAT
Automobiles has again shown its commitment to a cleaner environment following
the announcement that its average CO2 emissions figure on cars sold
in Europe during the first half of 2009 has dropped to 129.1 g/km.


 


The new
figure – 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.


 


Of the top
10 brands, Fiat is ahead of Toyota (132.9 g/km), Peugeot (134.5 g/km), Citroën
(138.1 g/km), Renault (138.9 g/km), Ford (140.4 g/km), Opel (149.5 g/km),
Volkswagen (152.5 g/km), Audi (162.6 g/km), and Mercedes (178.8 g/km).


 


One
important contribution to this result is the enormous growth of
environment-friendly natural gas as an alternative fuel for passenger cars.
During the first half of 2009 around 65,000 Fiat Natural Power cars, with an
average of 115.8 g/km in CO2 emissions, were sold in Europe, a
figure more than 13 g/km less than the brand’s already recording-breaking
average.


 


This
achievement contributed to the establishment of another record: Fiat Group
Automobiles is number one in the results posted by manufacturing groups (132.9
g/km), in front of Toyota, PSA, Renault and Hyundai.


 


 


“Improving
the environment is not a goal for the future, but something we can do right
away,” says 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.


 


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