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Fiat Made Cleanest Cars Sold in Europe

Fiat Made Cleanest Cars Sold in Europe in 2008, Group Says




Sept. 15 - Fiat SpA produced cars with the lowest average carbon-dioxide emissions sold in Europe in 2008, while Daimler AG made the most-polluting cars, according to the European Federation for Transport & Environment.

Turin, Italy-based Fiat made cars with average emissions of 138 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer, while PSA Peugeot Citroen’s cars averaged 139 grams of CO2, followed by Renault SA, whose autos emitted an average 143 grams, the Brussels-based environmental group said today in its fourth annual report since 2006.

Overall, carmakers reduced emissions by 3.3 percent to 159 grams of CO2 per kilometer in 2008, short of a voluntary industry commitment to cut average emissions to 140 grams last year, researchers led by federation director Jos Dings said. The European Commission has set targets for manufacturers to reduce average emissions to 130 grams by 2015 and 95 grams by 2020.

Reaching the 130-gram target is “a piece of cake,” Dings said in a telephone interview. “Take a company like Volkswagen -- all they have to do is bring their entire fleet up to the level of their best models now.” Volkswagen AG ranked 12th in the average amount of CO2 emissions.

Stuttgart, Germany-based Daimler AG, the world’s second- largest maker of luxury cars, and Nissan Motor Co., Japan’s third-largest automaker, made the least environmentally friendly cars, according to the study. Daimler-built cars including Mercedes-Benz produced an average of 175 grams of CO2 per kilometer, while Nissan’s cars averaged 161 grams.

BMW’s CO2 Reduction

Munich, Germany-based Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, the largest luxury-car manufacturer, cut average CO2 emissions by more than 10 percent, to 154 grams, the biggest decline of any carmaker, the researchers said.

The overall 3.3 percent improvement this year is more than in any other year under the industry’s voluntary commitment to reduce emissions, Dings said.

“This shows that the industry can do more than it was doing the whole time the pressure was not on,” he said. “It shows that voluntary commitments do not work and regulation is much more effective.”

Among European Union member states, the most fuel- efficient cars w
ere sold on average in Portugal, France and Italy. The most environmentally unfriendly cars were sold in Sweden, Estonia and Latvia, the report said. Germany, the region’s biggest car market, was ranked 20th.

The report included the world’s 14 largest car manufacturers by number of cars sold. The study was based on vehicle-registration data collected in 2008 by the European Commission in 25 of the 27 EU countries. Bulgaria and Slovakia failed to provide data in time to be included.


LINK: Fiat Made Cleanest Cars Sold in Europe in 2008, Group Says - Bloomberg.com

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