Renault best student after Tesla

Jato Dynamics, a specialist in automotive statistics, has published the CO2 balance sheet of manufacturers for 2021. This corresponds to the WLTP mixed cycle emissions of vehicles sold last year in 17 main countries of the Old Continent.

With the strong growth in sales of electric and plug-in hybrid cars, which represented almost one in five sales, the average CO2 emissions of the cars sold fell sharply, with -16%. It thus falls below a symbolic threshold, that of 100 g, with 99 g.

The continental balance is dragged down by Norway, a market well ahead in its electric transition. This country has a CO2 balance of 16.9 g! Conversely, Spain, known to be late, is at 120.3 g. In Slovenia, a country where purchasing power is lower, it is even 127.6 g. France is one of the good students, with an average balance of 97.8 g. We note however that Germany does better with 94.3 g.

On the brand side, inevitably, the best is Tesla, which only sells electric cars. Among the manufacturers who are not there yet, the champion is Renault again, with 86.7 g, against 98 g in 2020. Electric represented 15% of its sales last year.

Hyundai is still 3rd, with an even more marked drop in CO2, from 107 to 89.8 g. This is explained in particular by the launch of the new Tucson in hybrid and rechargeable hybrid. Then there is Mini, which achieved one of the best increases in its CO2 balance, with emissions down 20%, to 90.1 g.

We can also see the effect that the launch of a new model or the change in the engine offer can have. Thus, thanks to the electric 500, Fiat has a CO2 footprint down 19%. With the Enyaq, Skoda is down 22%! The Spring allows Dacia to go from 126.8 to 109.8 g. Illustration of the weight of the electric: Toyota, which makes a very large part of its sales with hybrids but is behind on the electric, finds itself in the soft belly of the classification, with 108.8 g.

The rise of the plug-in hybrid helps Jeep to drop by 23%, with a balance sheet which remains high (122.8 g). Even Porsche is at a very decent level in relation to its sporty positioning, with 123.7 g. The bad student remains Land Rover. If there is better for the Briton, he is still far behind with 169.3 g, against 191.2 in 2020.

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