The sixth annual analysis conducted by the European Federation for Transport and Environment has shown that Volvo is at the top of the table for European carmakers for reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
The analysis by the European Federation for Transport and Environment indicates how well European manufacturers have succeeded in the reduction of CO2 emissions and fuel consumption in new cars.
"We are delighted and very proud of this result. We are following our ambitious plan which puts the spotlight on cutting carbon dioxide emissions," says Stefan Jacoby, President and CEO of Volvo Car Corporation.
The eight largest carmakers in Europe cut CO2 emissions by an average of two to six per cent in 2010. Volvo's CO2 emissions were reduced by nine per cent, a result of an environmental focus under the "DRIVe towards zero" banner. Sales of Volvo's fuel efficient diesel engines in the DRIVe range have been highly successful, going some of the way to explain the major CO2 emission reductions. The Volvo V50 DRIVe has emissions of 99g/km and the V70 DRIVe has emissions of 119g/km. Volvo's CO2 strategy also includes electrified cars including varying levels of hybrid technology, efficient diesel and petrol engines and alternative fuels.
"The aim is to come down to an average of 95 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre across our total car sales in 2020. In theory that is entirely feasible, but a lot depends on developments in legislation, incentives, energy availability and of course customer demand. In addition, the EU intends to introduce a new method for calculating carbon dioxide, and this too will impact our plan," says Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research and Development at Volvo Car Corporation.
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