By Katherine Clarkson
Fiat Automobiles has retained its green crown for the second year running after embracing environmentally-friendly technology, including low rolling resistance tyres.
It has been credited with the lowest average value for CO2 emissions from vehicles sold in 2008 and puts it success partly down to special eco packs including low rolling resistance tyres, low viscosity oils, aerodynamic packages and modified gearboxes.
It has also benefited from input from partners like Bosch and Magneti Merelli helping to reduce its CO2 emissions rate from 137.3g/km in 2007 to 133.7.g/km in 2008.
This impressive result has been corroborated by JATO, a world leader in automotive advisory and research services, founded in 1984 and now operating in over 40 countries.
Lorenzo Sistino, managing director of Fiat Automobiles, says: “The result of this important analysis rewards Fiat’s ongoing quest for innovative solutions for the reduction of polluting emissions and levels of CO2.
‘But Fiat’s commitment has always been to the public’s real needs and won’t be stopping here. Our aim is to reinforce our European record in emissions reduction by introducing new engines, new technologies and new applications.’