If new CO2
emissions limits do get enacted in the EU soon, the French and Italian automakers will be in the best position to meet them soonest. A new study of the largest automakers emissions in 2005 and 2006 showed that PSA/Peugeot-Citroen led the way last year with an average of only 142 g/km for their fleet followed by Fiat
at 144 and 147 respectively. DaimlerChrysler was at the opposite end of the scale actually increasing emissions by 2.8 percent to 188 g/km which might be related to the 4.1 percent increase in their average vehicle weight. BMW
was the next worst at 184 g/km, which is at least was an improvement of 2.5 percent. Volkswagen
also increased slightly although they are still at 166 g/km.
[Source: Automotive News - Sub. req'd]