Citroen smashes CO2 targets

The launch of the Citroen C-Zero earlier this year has been hugely significant for the French manufacturer because it has now become one of only four car makers to meet European CO2 emissions legislation targets.

Citroen was always going to be one of the first to break an average of 130g/km of CO2 emissions on average across its fleet.

This is because its range consists mostly of small cars such as the C1 city car, C3 supermini and C4 hatchback. Many of these, such as the C3 and the more premium DS3, have also been fitted with ultra-efficient Airdream+ engines and technology such as start-stop.

However, Citroen also offers the C5 saloon and a couple of people carriers such as the Nemo. As expected, emissions for these cars are higher, even if the use of Citroen’s efficient engines softens the blow slightly.

With CO2 averages taken across a fleet, the introduction of an electric car – which delivers zero CO2 emissions from its tailpipe while driving – was sure to drop Citroen beneath the 130g/km mark.

Citroen now delivers average CO2 emissions across its fleet of 121.37g/km – enough to meet 2012 criteria and just 1g/km off its own individual target as laid out by the EU.

Citroen joins Fiat in falling below 130g/km, and the two manufacturers are leading the way in overall average emissions.

However, according to Clean Green Cars, which has released the list of manufacturers and their average CO2 emissions, others are catching up.

Jay Nagley, Publisher of Clean Green Cars said, "Progress is being made across the board, which is to be welcomed. The gap between the best performers and the worst is also starting to narrow.However, the rate of improvement needs to accelerate if the EU target is to be met by 2012."

Perhaps most surprisingly, Land Rover and Jaguar were singled out for particular praise from the website thanks to plans to put more economical models into production this year.

Labelling the move a ‘big stride’ Clean Green Cars says the launch of the Range Rover Evoque and the possibility of a hybrid model in future should see the manufacturers moving ever closer to the 130g/km target.