Renault Group has become the European leader for low CO2 emission vehicles and the first carmaker to have 115g/km CO2 for average emission level for its passenger cars, based on the full year sales data for 2013.According to AAA-DATA, Renault achieved an average of 114.7g/km of CO2 per vehicle, thanks in the most part, to its range of compact cars and electric vehicles. Taken as a whole, the average level of CO2 emissions per kilometre across Renault Group’s entire range (which includes Dacia brand models) have improved by nearly 11g in 2013 over 2012, falling from 125.5 g/km to 114.7 g/km.
Jean-Philippe Hermine, Director of Renault Group’s Environmental Plan, commented: “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. 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. At the same time, these improvements are beneficial for both the planet and our customers.”
The French brand has the most wide range of fully-electric cars currently available. Its Z.E range consists of the Fluence Z.E, the Kangoo ZE van, ZOE supermini and Twizy quadricycle. The brand’s recently rejuvenated range of combustion cars includes five models that emit less than 100g/km CO2 according to official figures: the Twingo, new Clio, Captur, Megane and Dacia Sandero. The Clio achieves the lowest official CO2 figure among the brands non-electric models, with CO2 rated as low as 83 g/km for the Clio Energy dCi 90 eco² model- 18.5 g/km of CO2 less than the model’s previous generation.