Ferrari made most progress among supercar makers to reduce CO2 emissions

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 11, 2011

In the race in Europe to reach a 130g/km fleet average in CO2 emissions, Autocar found out that Ferrari has made the most significant progress among the high-end supercar makers. Ferrari posted an average of 326g/km in 2010, a drop of 46g/km.

The information comes from the annual report of JATO Dynamics to monitor the European industry’s progress. Ferrari made a 12% cut in emissions. This is about half of the total reduction that volume car makers have to reach by 2015.

JATO said that carmakers made “significant improvements” last year and also that many will be watching to see how they will use high technology to reach the target.

Ferrari is actually benefiting from the bigger proportion of California vehicles (with a 301g/km CO2 emissions average) in its sales since figures are computed with regards to the combination of individual car sales.

Sales of the California made up about 46% of Ferrari’s sales last year, compared to accounting for only 33% in 2009.

Here is an outline of how Ferrari’s rivals performed: Aston Martin achieved a 0.6% reduction, Bentley got 1.9% and Lamborghini accomplished 1.5%. Aston’s fleet average fell to 357g/km, Bentley’s was down to 397g/km and Lamborghini posted 372g/km.

The new Mulsanne had a major influence to the result for Bentley as its CO2 output of 393g/km is a huge improvement over the 465g/km figure of the old Arnage. It was only Lotus that got over 3.2%. It was able to achieve this through higher sales of the Elise and a considerable drop in its CO2 emissions level from 204g/km to 198g/km.

Topics: ferrari, sports car

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