Fiat – the greenest cars in Europe?

On average a Fiat car will deliver just 118.2g/km of CO2 emissions, 7g/km less than its nearest rival, Seat, according to new data from car data expert JATO.

The news is relevant to people buying new Fiat cars because CO2 emissions have a major impact on a car’s running costs.

For example, UK road tax, or Vehicle Excise Duty (VED), is based on the level of CO2 emissions. Band A road tax applies to all cars under 100g/km of CO2 and means free road tax in the UK.

It also means exemption from the London congestion charge while low CO2 emissions often comes alongside higher fuel economy in new cars.

For business owners, lower CO2 emissions means lower Benefit-in-Kind tax and lower fleet running costs.

Fiat’s range of small cars are some of the most frugal and cleanest in the UK. The Fiat 500 city car, the smallest car in Fiat’s range, offers a diesel and a petrol version with CO2 emissions under 100g/km.

The petrol engine, known as TwinAir because of its two-cylinder setup, is the smallest petrol engine on sale in the UK and is set to be used in a new, larger Fiat 500L from this year.

It will also appear in the Alfa Romeo MiTo from 2012 after the success of the engine in the new Fiat 500.

The engine is one of the main reasons for a 4.9g/km drop in average CO2 emissions across the Fiat range between 2010 and 2011.

However, Fiat is not the only manufacturer to see improvements in emissions. Seat (125.3g/km), Citroen (125.3g/km) and Alfa Romeo (127g/km) all appeared in the top five greenest manufacturers based on CO2 emissions after recording falls in emissions over the past 12 months.

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