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That is the break horse power (bhp) of Fiat’s new MultiJet engine.

It is replacing the outgoing 75 bhp MultiJet has an improved mpg and emits less CO2.

The new "environmentally-friendly" unit, available on the Fiat 500 range, includes Start and Stop technology, which the manufacturer claims will further reduce fuel consumption when driving around town.

The technology means the car can shut off the engine automatically at a traffic jam, for example, while saving energy with other features such as the indicators still on.

But the new 1.3-litre 16-valve MultiJet diesel engine has "greater fuel economy" so that everyone will benefit, according to Andrew Humberstone, managing director, of Fiat Group Automobiles UK.

Mr Humberstone added: "This remarkable new diesel engine will add even greater excitement to the fantastic 500 range, but without adding to the cost of ownership."

CO2 emissions have been reduced from 110 g/km to 104 g/km thanks to the new engine and the vehicles fuel consumption has improved from 67.3 mpg to 72.4 mpg in the combined cycle.

But not only is the car more eco-friendly, the speed has also improved.

Drivers can get from 0-62 mph in a time of 10.7 seconds, according to the producer, whereas previously it would have taken 12.5 seconds.

Its top speed has also increased from a former best of 103 mph to the new heights of 112 mph.

Improving things on the emissions front further is the presence of a DPF particulate filter in the engine, which the manufacturer also claims helps start the motor in the cold.

In addition to the development of a new engine, Fiat also offers its Eco:drive service which is a computer application that analyses a motorist’s driving style and helps reduce fuel consumption.

Fiat also offers Eco:tips on its website, which advises drivers to always take the shortest route possible and avoid congested areas.

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