Renault tops low emissions table

Renault tops low emissions table

Renault Group has raced into pole position in Europe in terms of low CO2 emissions.

The French automaker recorded an average of 114.7g/km of CO2 per vehicle based on its passenger car sales during 2013.

This strong performance owes a lot to the recent rejuvenation of its range and impressive electric vehicle sales.

The Twingo, New Clio, Captur, Megane and Dacia Sandero all return less than 100g/km CO2, while the New Clio Energy dCi 90 eco_ is actually the class leader in the small five-seater diesel car sector with 83g/km.

Overall, the New Renault Clio range emits 18.5g/km of CO2 less than the model's previous generation.

"This position of market leader is proof that the combination of our powertrain strategy - with our range of Energy engines - and our electric vehicle strategy is bearing fruit," said Jean-Philippe Hermine of Renault Group.

"Thanks to these innovations, Renault Group is achieving tangible results and maintaining its objective to significantly reduce the long-term environmental footprint of its activities."

The average level of CO2 emissions per kilometre across Renault Group's entire range improved dramatically year-on-year, falling from 125.5g/km in 2012 to 114.7g/km in 2013.

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