Audi leads premium competitors in the drive to lower Co2 emissions in Europe


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–      Moves ahead of BMW and Mercedes Benz
–      Research by leading automotive analyst Jato Consult

Research released this week by renowned automotive analyst Jato Consult revealed that in 2009 Audi leapfrogged both BMW and Mercedes Benz to move up to 9th in the brand Co2 reduction table in Europe.

Volume-weighted average Co2 emissions across all models and segments fell by 7.9 g/km last year, with over half of all cars sold in Europe now emitting less than 140 g/km. This reduction has accelerated, compared with 2008, which saw Co2 emissions reduce by 5.4 g/km.

Audi moved up from 11th place in the table to 9th place and in doing so became the leading premium brand. Audis average volume weighted emissions is 161g, some 15g lower than nearest competitor Mercedes Benz.

Audi already leads the premium segment by offering 37 models with Co2 of less than or equal to 140g – 13 more than its nearest competitor BMW. It will also this year launch its first sub 100g Co2 car – the A3 1.6TDI e model. Neither BMW nor Mercedes can make such a claim.