Fiat has become the first manufacturer in Europe to reduce its average CO2 emissions from new cars sold to below 130g/km, six years earlier than the Europe-wide goal set by the EU.
Fiat’s average CO2 emissions from cars sold in Europe in the first half of 2009 were 129.1g/km, according to figures released by automotive advisory leader JATO.
The Italian firm was ahead of Toyota, which had average CO2 emissions of 132g/km and Peugeot, which had average emissions of 134.5g/km.
It has achieved this figure partly due to the success of its LPG-powered vehicles, of which it has sold 65,000 across Europe so far this year. The average CO2 emissions of these cars was 115.8g/km.
Lorenzo Sistino, CEO of Fiat Automobiles, said: "Improving the environment is not a goal for the future, but something we can do right away.
"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."
Europe's top ten manufacturers for low CO2 emissions:
1. Fiat - 129.1 g/km
2. Toyota - 132.9 g/km
3. Peugeot 134.5 g/km
4. Citroen - 138.1 g/km
5. Renault - 138.9 g/km
6. Ford - 140.4 g/km
7. Opel/Vauxhall - 149.5 g/km
8. VW - 152.5 g/km
9. Audi - 162.6 g/km
10. 178.8 g/km