Smart, Daihatsu will be low-CO2 leaders

The new Smart ForTwo diesel will not be the only internal combustion engined car in Europe to emit less than 100g/km of CO2 for long. The next generation of the Daihatsu Cuore will have an Eco model that is expected to be the lowest emitting gas-powered car on the market, at 99g/km. The new Cuore will use a start-stop system that allows it achieve 56mpg. That makes it greener than the Prius which is rated at 104g/km of CO2 and 54.7mpg. The start-stop system shuts off the engine whenever the vehicle stops and restarts it as soon as the driver releases the brake pedal.

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