Fiat S.p.A. strengthens its environmental lead in Europe by offering what's claimed to be the world's most fuel-efficient gasoline engine. In September, this engine will go on sale in the Fiat 500 minicar.
The 875cc unit will be the only two-cylinder engine powering a car in Europe. Fiat asserts that the engine dubbed TwinAir will enable it to keep its edge as the carmaker that offers the lowest average CO2 emissions from its European new-car fleet.
Various automakers have sought to topple Fiat from its enviable lead by working to improve the fuel economy of their vehicles and to reduce CO2 emissions.
In an interview with Automotive News Europe, Alfredo Altavilla, Fiat vice president for business development, said that Fiat doesn't plan on giving up its crown for being Europe's greenest automaker.
He added that the TwinAir engine will play a vital role in maintaining its lead. Fiat cited that its 500 minicar, with this engine and an automated manual transmission, boasts of having CO2 emissions of 92 grams per kilometer and using up only 4.1 liters of gasoline per 100km (69 UK mpg; 57.4 US mpg ).
Meanwhile, a version with a five-speed manual transmission has CO2 emissions of 95 g/km and uses 4.2 l/100km (67 UK mpg; 56 US mpg). The 85-hp 500 TwinAir is priced from 13,250 euros ($16,755) in Italy, making it 400 euros cheaper than a 500 with a 1.4-liter engine. [via autonews]