UK debut for low-CO2 Citroen Nemo van range

The compact Nemo van, featuring distinctive French styling including a sloping profile and prominent front bumpers, will be available with the range of Euro 5-compliant engines later in 2011.

All vans under EU legislation need to comply with the Euro 5 standard by the end of 2011. The standard covers CO2 and other harmful tailpipe emissions in vans.

The new Citroen Nemo engine is a HDI diesel engine which has been upgraded to improve power to 75hp but boost the green credentials of the popular small van.

This includes impressive fuel economy of 65.7mpg – one of the highest in the small van sector. CO2 emissions come in at just 109g/km despite the extra power. This is designed to make the Nemo appeal to fleet customers because of the subsequently low Benefit in Kind tax.

The lower emissions come courtesy of advances in technology such as Stop & Start. However, payload capacity has actually risen from 610kg to 66kg in the latest versions.

Robert Handyside, Citroën’s Commercial Vehicle Operations Manager, said; "Already the UK’s most economical van, the Euro 5 Nemo now offers even better fuel economy, lower emissions, more power, higher payload and greater loadspace.

All Citroen Nemo vans with Euro 5-compliant engines come in a choice of three trim levels; X, LX and equipment-heavy Enterprise.

The Enterprise specification includes extra features such as Bluetooth, air conditioning and rear parking sensors, but all models come with an MP3 and CD player, ABS and an onboard trip computer.

The range will make its public debut at the Commercial Vehicle Show at the NEC in Birmingham from 12-14 April.

Other Citroen vans set to appear at the show include the Berlingo, Dispatch and Relay vans with a range of diesel engines.