The EU’s air standards regulations require all vans to have engines that comply with Euro 5 standards by the end of the year.
This means a number of vans will need to be updated in 2011 to remain on sale in UK dealers. The Citroen Nemo, the brand’s answer to the Ford Transit Connect, is one of the first to install the technology.
The new engine is a 1.3-litre HDi diesel and includes fuel-saving Stop & Start technology seen on some of Citroen’s greenest cars such as the C3 Airdream+ and Citroen DS3.
The result is 55.4mpg of fuel economy on the combined cycle – 4.4 per cent better than the previous 1.4-litre engine, while providing more power than the old Euro 4 engine.
CO2 emissions have been improved as well, down from 119g/km to 113g/km. For UK fleets, this will mean lower costs in the form of emissions-based Benefit-in-kind tax.
The diesel is expected to be the most popular engine on the van, but Citroen has also unveiled a petrol alternative.
Also qualifying for Euro 5 status, the 1.4-litre petrol delivers the same power as the previous petrol iteration but improves fuel economy by nearly ten per cent at 441.mpg. CO2 emissions take a big drop from 164g/km to 148g/km in the petrol version.
Both engines will increase the maximum payload for the Nemo by up to 50kg and an extra folding passenger seat increases the load area by 0.3 cubic metres.
Robert Handyside, Citroën’s Commercial Vehicle Operations Manager, said; "It now carries more, while using less fuel and also has significantly lower CO2 emissions. This is a van designed to suit today’s tough economic climate."
The new, EU-compliant Citroen Nemo petrol van starts from £9,165, while diesel model come with a choice of three equipment levels ranging from £10,665 to £11,925 before VAT.