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2009-04-17 08:43

An environmental website about the motoring industry, Clean Green Cars, shows that Mini is the manufacturer with the lowest CO2 output.

The British website's latest data reveals that Mini has an average CO2 figure of 130.5 g/km of CO2. This means Mini is ahead of schedule to meet the EU target of 130 g/km of CO2 by 2012.

In second place is Fiat with 134.6 g/km of CO2 and in third place Toyota with 136.5 g/km of CO2.

In terms of tonnes of CO2, the sharpest reduction has come from Ford, whose more economical new Ka and Fiesta models mean that new Fords now emit 10 000 fewer tonnes of CO2 per year.

At the bottom of the table are Land Rover and Porsche, which both emit just over 250g/km of CO2. What is interesting is that Lexus, with a range of hybrid cars, are fifth from the bottom while showing only a 0.97% improvement from 194.54 g/km to 192.65 g/km.

According to Clean Green Cars' figures the CO2 output for all manufacturers and models for the first quarter of 2009 show a reduction of 4.5% compared to the same periods of last year. Apparently it is the sharpest fall yet since buyers are choosing smaller cars.

See the full table here.

- Source: www.cleangreencars.co.uk

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