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.
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,”
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