According to the latest analysis from Jato Dynamics, provider of automotive intelligence, average CO2 emissions for new cars across Europe dropped to 132.3g/km in 2012.
This is almost 4g/km lower than for 2011, when 136.2g/km was recorded. The analysis also shows that nearly 40% of new cars sold are now classed as ‘low CO2’ (up to 120g/km).
The findings come ahead of the launch of Jato’s latest report – A Review of CO2 New Car Emissions across Europe 2012 – which covers 23 European markets and shows that nine high-volume manufacturer brands have already achieved the 130g/km European target set for 2015.
Fiat remained the lowest emitting volume brand in Europe for the sixth consecutive year, with an average CO2 emission level of 119.8g/km despite a slight increase in emissions in 2012 compared to 2011.
This was due to significantly reduced sales of the B-segment Punto and increased sales of the Freemont large crossover. A slight shift in sales from diesel to LPG and CNG also contributed to the increase.
Peugeot climbed from fifth to second place, with an average CO2 level of 121.2g/km in 2012, whilst Renault is a close third, up from sixth place last year, with an average CO2 level of 121.3 g/km in 2012.
Premium brands Audi, BMW and Mercedes, also reduced emissions in 2012 by 6.9g/km, 8.7g/km and 14.4g/km respectively. However, in comparison to volume brands, their average CO2 emissions remain high.
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 vehicles."
|Brand||2012 Average CO2 (g/km)||2011 Average CO2 (g/km)||Difference||2011 Position|
* Mini did not feature in 2011 Top 20, while Suzuki was the 7th placed brand in 2011 and has now dropped out of the Top 20