Fiat welcomes congestion charge change

It means the new Fiat 500 TwinAir will be exempt from the charge, ensuring increased sales for the Italian manufacturer in England’s capital city.

“This is a good decision by TfL, which recognises the dramatic steps some manufacturers have made in reducing the emissions their cars produce,” says Elena Bernardelli, marketing director, Fiat Group Automobiles UK Ltd. “Motorists and fleets who take the decision to drive environmentally-friendly cars should be rewarded, and this ruling goes some way towards achieving that.”

Using an advancement of Fiat’s more efficient MultiAir technology, the TwinAir engine features just two-cylinders.

The updated technology allows the two-cylinder engine to power the Fiat 500 city car and produce as much power as a larger engine.

This results in CO2 emissions of just 95g/km, making it exempt from both the London congestion charge and vehicle excise duty (VED).

The technology attracted plenty of attention at the Paris Motor Show in October, as it is the only mainstream manufacturer to offer an engine with two cylinders in the UK.

It is also rare in that it is a purely petrol engine offering CO2 emissions underneath the 100g/km mark. Usually, sub-100g/km engines are powered by the more expensive diesel fuel.

Fiat Group, which owns Alfa Romeo, has won numerous awards for its engine technology in recent years, including International Engine of the Year for its MultiAir technology.

It has resulted in Fiat being named one of the greenest car manufacturers in Europe, and one of only three brands to boast average CO2 emissions under 130g/km – and the only one to do so without offering an electric or hybrid vehicle in its range.

The Fiat 500 is one of the most popular cars in the range. It’s retro looks and stylish options have led to popularity with younger buyers and has spawned a number of special editions such as the Fiat 500C convertible, the Fiat 500 Pink and the 500byDIESEL limited edition.

The new Fiat 500 TwinAir range starts at £10,665 and will include convertible and special edition models.