Average CO2 emissions from new cars across Europe fell to 126.8g/km in 2013, a 5.5g/km improvement over 2012, according to JATO Dynamics.

Average emissions fell in all 23 markets covered by the study. Renault recorded the lowest average emissions among the top 20 volume brands, ahead of Peugeot, Toyota, Citroën and Fiat. Of the top 20 brands, 18 recorded reduced average emissions compared to 2012.

New Emissions Leader

Renault recorded average CO2 emissions of 110.1g/km in 2013, an 11.2g/km improvement over 2012 (the greatest improvement of all the volume brands). While the brand’s total of over 9,000 electric cars registered in 2013 contributed to this performance, the greatest improvement came from other product launches. The new Clio and Captur together accounted for over 45% of the brand’s total volume, and averaged 103.9 and 105.6g/km respectively, while powertrain improvements improved the average emissions of most of the rest of the brand’s models.

Peugeot maintained second place with 114.9g/km. Again this was the result of two key new small products, the 208 and 2008, commanding a greater share of the brand’s sales, along with incremental improvements across the model range.

Toyota took third place with 115.9g/km, with improved emissions from the latest Auris and RAV4 models backed up by increased sales of hybrid versions of the Auris and Yaris, while Citroën claimed fourth place with 116.2g/km, driven mostly the introduction of new three-cylinder petrol engines to the C3 model.

After six years of holding the title of the volume brand with the lowest average CO2 emissions in Europe, Fiat posted reduced average emissions of 118.1g/km. The brand’s most efficient cars, the Panda and 500, remained mostly unchanged for the year, while the 500L MPV, now including a larger 7-seat version, significantly increased its share of the brand’s sales.

  • Top 20 best-selling brands ranked by average CO2 emissions (volume-weighted)

    • Position

    • Brand

    • 2013 Average CO2 (g/km)

    • 2012 Average CO2 (g/km)

    • Difference

    • 2012 Position

    • 1

    • RENAULT

    • 110.1

    • 121.3

    • -11.2

    • 3

    • 2

    • PEUGEOT

    • 114.9

    • 121.1

    • -6.2

    • 2

    • 3

    • TOYOTA

    • 115.9

    • 121.7

    • -5.8

    • 4

    • 4

    • CITROEN

    • 116.2

    • 122.0

    • -5.8

    • 5

    • 5

    • FIAT

    • 118.1

    • 119.5

    • -1.4

    • 1

    • 6

    • SEAT

    • 118.9

    • 124.0

    • -5.1

    • 6

    • 7

    • FORD

    • 122.1

    • 129.3

    • -7.1

    • 9

    • 8

    • SKODA

    • 125.3

    • 132.6

    • -7.3

    • 11

    • 9

    • DACIA

    • 127.1

    • 137.9

    • -10.8

    • 15

    • 10

    • SUZUKI

    • 127.3

    • 130.5

    • -3.3

    • -

    • 11

    • VOLKSWAGEN

    • 127.8

    • 133.5

    • -5.6

    • 13

    • 12

    • NISSAN

    • 129.3

    • 136.4

    • -7.2

    • 14

    • 13

    • MINI

    • 129.5

    • 128.6

    • 0.9

    • 7

    • 14

    • KIA

    • 129.5

    • 128.9

    • 0.6

    • 8

    • 15

    • HYUNDAI

    • 129.7

    • 132.3

    • -2.6

    • 10

    • 16

    • OPEL/VAUXHALL

    • 132.0

    • 132.8

    • -0.8

    • 12

    • 17

    • VOLVO

    • 132.1

    • 143.3

    • -11.1

    • 19

    • 18

    • AUDI

    • 135.0

    • 139.3

    • -4.3

    • 16

    • 19

    • BMW

    • 135.7

    • 140.8

    • -5.1

    • 17

    • 20

    • MERCEDES

    • 139.5

    • 147.6

    • -8.1

    • 20


  • Note:
    Suzuki was not in the Top 20 brands in 2012. Chevrolet was ranked 18th in 2012, but has not achieved Top 20 sales in 2013.

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