One of France's most prestigious car magazines, l'Automobile, believes that considering CO2 as the only pollutant to adapt legislation is unfair. Hence the magazine editors came up their own list that includes all pollutants coming from the exhaust pipe. The list is actually pretty harsh on small displacement diesels, which are the ones that benefit from low-CO2 legislation, because not also have Diesel Particulate Filters installed. This lack is something the new Euro V rules are fixing for introduction starting in September, but will not be fully mandatory until 2011. The magazine raised its hackles on this issue, stating that particulates coming out of diesel engines are the most important source of pollution, far ahead CO2. Nevertheless, the classification is very interesting and you can find their system and the complete list after the jump (can you spot the obvious missing car?).

[Source: L'Automobile]

How did l'Automobile create their list?

Each car was given a mark from 0 to 1,000 depending on CO2 emissions: 1,000 points for 0 g/km (EV) and 0 for those producing 500 g/km. Other pollutants were rated on other scales, based on three pollutants from gasoline engines (carbon monoxyde, hydrocarbons and Nitrogen oxydes) and an additional fourth one for diesels (particulates). In order to create a fair classification, an average was made, although the magazine found no scientific method to evaluate diesels and gasoline engines together. A car that scored 500 points as an average on the pollutants scale was also Euro IV compliant. All cars available in the French market, 969 diesel and 1240 gasoline, were included in the list. The top 30 in each class are shown below.

DIESELS

Class.

CO2 mark

Class. Pollu

Mark pollu

Manufacturer/Model/Engine/Transmission

CO2 (g/km)

1

808

102

813

SEAT Ibiza 3/5 p 1.4 TDI 80 ch Ecomotive DPF M5

98

2

808

1

872

BMW 320d Sedan/Coupé 177 ch DPF M6

128

3

807

62

822

MINI Cooper D M6

104

4

806

2

872

BMW 320d Touring 177 ch DPF M6

130

5

802

63

822

MINI Clubman Cooper D M6

109

6

795

35

835

BMW 318d berline 143 ch DPF M6

123

7

793

36

835

BMW 318d Touring 143 ch DPF M6

125

8

793

61

823

AUDI A3 Sportback 1.9 e TDI 105 ch DPF M5

119

9

792

17

851

MINI Cooper D A6

134

10

790

7

860

BMW 320d Coupé-Cabriolet 177 ch DPF M6

140

11

790

18

851

MINII Clubman Cooper D A6

136

12

787

106

811

BMW Series 1 3 p/5 p 118d 143 ch DPF M6

119

13

785

169

799

FORD Focus 1.6 TDCi 110 ch Econétic DPF M5

115

14

784

141

805

FIAT Grande Punto 1.3 MultiJet 75 ch DPF M5

119

15

784

50

827

OPEL Corsa 3 p. 1.7CDTi 16v 125 ch DPF M6

130

16

783

135

806

CITROEN C3 1.6 HDi 16v 110 ch DPF M5

120

17

782

10

856

VOLKSWAGEN Passat CC 2.0 TDI 140 ch DPF M6

146

18

782

51

827

OPEL Corsa 5 p. 1.7CDTi 16v 125 ch DPF M6

132

19

780

446

757

FORD Fiesta 1.6 TDCi 90 ch DPF éconétic M5

98

20

780

218

790

VOLVO C30 DRIVe 1.6D 109 ch DPF M5

115

21

780

85

816

VOLKSWAGEN Passat 2.0 TDI 110 ch DPF BlueMotion M5

128

22

779

6

866

AUDI A4 2.0 TDI CR 143 ch Multitronic DPF AV

154

23

779

86

816

VOLKSWAGEN Passat break 2.0 TDI 110 ch DPF BlueMotion M5

129

24

778

16

852

AUDI A3 Cabriolet 2.0 TDI CR 140 ch S-Tronic DPF D6

148

25

778

401

763

TOYOTA iQ 1.4 D-4D 90 ch M6

104

26

777

65

822

AUDI A4 2.0 TDI CR 120 ch DPF M6

134

27

777

107

811

BMW Series 1 Cabriolet 118d 143 ch DPF M6

129

28

776

29

839

OPEL Astra GTC 1.7CDTi 16v 125 ch DPF M5

143

29

775

14

855

OPEL Zafira 1.7CDTi 16v 125 ch DPF M6

152

30

774

49

828

AUDI A4 Avant 2.0 TDI CR 120 ch DPF M6

140




GASOLINE CARS

Class.

CO2 mark

Class. Pollu

Mark pollu

Manufacturer/Model/Engine/Transmission

CO2 (g/km)

1

874

2

950

HONDA Insight 1.3 IMA 98 ch CVT

101

2

842

85

883

TOYOTA iQ 1.0 VVT-i 69 ch M5

99

3

834

114

877

DAIHATSU Cuore 1.0 69 ch M5

104

4

827

46

897

SUZUKI Alto 1.0 A4

122

5

826

67

891

FORD Ka 1.2 69 ch M5

119

6

826

138

872

TOYOTA iQ 1.0 VVT-i 69 ch MultiDrive Multi5

110

7

823

87

883

FIAT Panda 1.1 Active ECO M5

119

8

821

257

849

SUZUKI Alto 1.0 M5

103

9

818

213

855

FIAT 500 1.2 69 ch Dualogic Start Stop SAT5

110

10

817

233

852

HONDA Civic Hybrid 1.3 IMA 115 hp CVT

109

11

813

331

838

CITROEN C1 1.0 68 ch M5

106

12

813

333

838

PEUGEOT 107 1.0 68 ch M5

106

13

811

367

834

TOYOTA Aygo 1.0 VVT-i 69 ch M5

106

14

810

234

851

SMART fortwo cabrio 1.0 turbo 84 ch A5

116

15

810

235

851

SMART fortwo coupé 1.0 turbo 84 ch A5

116

16

809

208

857

FIAT 500 1.2 69 ch M5

119

17

809

374

833

PEUGEOT 107 1.0 68 ch 2-Tronic A5

107

18

809

209

856

OPEL Agila 1.0 12v 65 ch M5

119

19

808

210

856

SUZUKI Splash 1.0 65 ch M5

120

20

807

55

895

SKODA Fabia 1.2 60 ch M5

140

21

807

16

917

HONDA Civic 1.8 i-VTEC 140 ch i-SHIFT

152

22

807

236

851

HYUNDAI i10 1.2 M5

119

23

806

69

890

MERCEDES A 150 95 ch BlueEFFICIENCY M5

139

24

806

147

871

CITROEN C2 1.4i 16v 90 ch Stop and Start Sensodrive A5

130

25

804

290

844

FIAT 500 1.2 69 ch Dualogic SAT5

118

26

803

173

865

DAIHATSU Cuore 1.0 69 ch A4

129

27

803

1

967

LEXUS GS 450h E-CVT

180

28

802

564

809

SMART fortwo coupé mhd 1.0 71 ch A5

103

29

801

345

836

KIA Picanto 1.0 62 ch M5

117

30

800

150

870

MAZDA 2 1.5 103 ch M5

135


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