Peugeot has the highest market share of all brands in Europe and the UK for cars that get CO2 emissions of 120 g/km and 130 g/km or less. Peugeot's emphasis on smaller cars with highly efficient diesel engines has helped it capture 18.6 percent of sales in the sub-120 category in the UK and 15.5 percent of such sales Europe-wide. In the sub 130 category it has 14.3 percent of UK sales and 13.7 percent of European sales.
Toyota only breaks into the top five in the UK sub-120 group thanks to sales in that country of the Prius. In the rest of Europe, Ford, Citroen, Renault and Fiat round out the top five brands. The top selling single model in the class in the UK is the Peugeot 107 which had been rated at 111 g/km but was recently upgraded and is now rated 106 g/km.
PEUGEOT'S BLUE LION COMPREHENSIVELY LEADS GREEN RACE
* Peugeot tops European sales of low CO2 vehicles
* In 2008 one in every six vehicles sold in Europe and in the UK, with CO2 emissions below 121g/km, was a Peugeot
* Peugeot range features 36 vehicles with CO2 emissions below 121g/km
Peugeot's long term commitment to reducing the environmental impact of its vehicles has paid huge dividends with sales figures in 2008 placing Peugeot at the very top as the leading low CO2 car company, both in the UK and across Europe. Peugeot cars, identified to customers through its Blue Lion standards (which includes all sub 131g/km) is the most popular brand for economical and low CO2 vehicles (of sub 121g/km and 131g/km) in the UK and throughout Europe.
In the UK throughout 2008, the best-selling low CO2 vehicle in the sub 111g/km sector was the Peugeot 107 – recently enhanced with even lower CO2 emissions of 106g/km – with 16,701 sold (15,333 in 2007). Impressively, sales of sub 121g/km vehicles also saw the107 joined by the 207 and 308, placed fifth and ninth – three cars in the top ten of all cars - placing Peugeot firmly at the top of this combined category with 38,458 (18.6% of all <121g/km) cars sold. Even in the larger category of sub 131g/km vehicles, Peugeot also leads that category too.
2008 UK SALES OF CARS WITH CO2 <121g/km AND WITH CO2 <131g/km
MARQUES VOLUME (%) MARQUES VOLUME (%)
1 PEUGEOT 38,458 (18.6) 1 PEUGEOT 47,515 (14.3)
2 TOYOTA 30,471 (14.7) 2 FORD 40,909 (12.3)
3 FORD 26,321 (12.7) 3 VAUXHALL 33,266 (10.0)
4 CITROËN 22,178 (10.7) 4 TOYOTA 31,125 (9.4)
5 FIAT 15,974 (7.7) 5 CITROËN 23,591 (7.1)
Across Europe, a similar and equally positive story shows Peugeot comprehensively leading the sectors for sub 121g/km and 131g/km vehicles, where sales of some 315,805 (15.5%) and 441,385 (13.7%) cars were sold – more than any other marque in the lowest CO2 categories. The Peugeot 107 was the best-selling, low CO2 car in the sub 111g/km category, while the Peugeot 207 was the best-selling, low CO2 car in both the sub 121g/km and 131g/km sectors.
2008 EUROPEAN SALES OF CARS WITH CO2 <121g/km AND WITH CO2 <131g/km
MARQUES VOLUME (%) MARQUES VOLUME (%)
1 PEUGEOT 318,805 (15.5) 1 PEUGEOT 441,385 (13.7)
2 RENAULT 275,921 (13.5) 2 FIAT 395,059 (12.2)
3 FIAT 274,068 (13.4) 3 RENAULT 386,210 (11.9)
4 CITROEN 233,579 (11.4) 4 CITROËN 303,536 (9.4)
5 FORD 187,078 (9.2) 5 FIAT 275,797 (8.5)
Due to an extensive range of low CO2 vehicles, Peugeot offers drivers a wide choice when looking to make an environmentally conscious decision. The benefits of choosing a low CO2 car mean that it is correspondingly economical too, be it the 107 city car with emissions of just 106g/km or the five-door 308 family hatchback, which in 1.6-litre HDi 90 guise has CO2 emissions of just 120g/km. Peugeot has some 36 vehicles across its 107, 207 and 308 ranges with CO2 emissions less than 121g/km, and 48 (within its Blue Lion standards) with CO2 emissions less than 131g/km.
Christian Stein, Marketing Director at Peugeot in the UK, said; "Peugeot has long held a commitment to reducing the environmental impact of its vehicles and these sales statistics for 2008 show us to be at the very top as the leading low CO2 car company, both in the UK and across Europe. Peugeot cars, identified to customers through its Blue Lion standards is clearly the most popular brand for economical and low CO2 vehicles throughout Europe. We are delighted to be comprehensively leading the 'green race' with the benefit of lower running costs for our customers."
The source of this information is the AAA (Association Auxilaire de l'Automobile) who is the official supplier of automotive information to the European Commission.