The current rush for greener, more frugal cars is not just to offer customers lower running costs – the EU is threatening drastic fines for any car maker which does not meet certain targets.
Initially, all manufacturers must offer an average of 130g/km across its entire car range by 2012 and Seat, with the help of its new eco-signature, has achieved that.
The Spanish car maker launched the ‘Ecomotive’ badge on its Seat Ibiza supermini and the Seat Leon small family car and has since extended the label to other models in its range.
Ecomotive cars will use more efficient diesel engines to bring down CO2 emissions in the range. In the case of the Seat Leon Ecomotive and the Seat Ibiza Ecomotive, it has resulted in emissions so low certain models are exempt from emissions-based road tax in the UK.
These models come with the name ‘E Ecomotive’, a label used to describe the greenest car in each of Seat’s new car ranges.
The result of the new eco-friendly models was a 5.8 per cent improvement in average CO2 emissions across the Seat range, according to the latest data from Clean Green Cars.
Seat follows fellow car makers Fiat and Citroen in reaching the target set by the EU and avoid the possibility of large fines for each car built.
Other manufacturers to breach 130g/km include Peugeot and Alfa Romeo after improvements of 2.8 and 4.1 per cent over 2010 figures respectively.
All of them now sit below the industry average of 144g/km, itself an improvement of 4.2 per cent over 2010 figures.
Average CO2 emissions have steadily declined in the UK because of the influx of electric, hybrid and more frugal petrol and diesel cars.
Seat’s new range of eco-friendly cars can be viewed at Perrys Seat in Aylesbury.