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.
Copyright Press Association 2014