Renault gets slapped with a "green award" for its first SUV

Renault decided to enter the SUV (or SAV or Crossover, one can't be so sure about labels anymore) market this year with the Koleos. Co-developed and produced at Samsung Motors in South Korea, the Koleos is a not-too-distant relative of the Nissan Rogue.

French automakers are quite fond of being the champions of low-CO2 motoring in Europe (along with Fiat) and they market their vehicles accordingly. Marketing and reality don't always meet, and so four environmental organisations (Agir pour l'environnement, RĂ©seau action climat, Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth) headed by French congressman Yves Cochet of the Green Party gave Renault a "Green Award" for selling such a polluting vehicle, referring to the 2.0 dCi AWD version of the Koleos, which produces 209 g/km of CO2. Marc Grimaldi from Renault accepted the "award," while defending Renault's point of view, in the most sporting manner.

[Source: Rue89 via Leblogauto]

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