CO2 emissions by vehicle class

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I n every vehicle class there are models and drives that use lower carbon dioxide emissions stand out positively from the respective market segment. When ranked according to consumption-related CO2 emissions, hybrid cars have advantages, but they are not always the best choice.

Hybrid must not be the first choice

In the luxury class, the Lexus LS 600h with CO2 emissions of 219 grams per kilometer (g /km) only makes fourth place and the hybrid technology is currently in the Upper middle class only in the Lexus GS 450 (340 PS), which does not make it into the top ten with CO2 emissions of 186 g /km. Hybrid vehicles dominate only in the lower middle class - above all the pioneer Toyota Prius.

The Smart Fortwo has the lowest carbon dioxide emissions of the series models currently available in Germany (as of December 2008) at 88 grams per kilometer leads the minicar segment. In a class larger, in the small car, Ford shows its technological lead and occupies first place with the Fiesta economy model Econetic in front of the Polo Bluemotion and its corporate brother Seat Ibiza Ecomotive.

Gasoline, diesel, hybrid - all are ahead

The hybrid advantage plays in the lower middle class of the Toyota Prius (104 g /km) before the Honda Civic Hybrid (109 g /km) out. But both in the middle class (Volvo S40 /V50 1.6D Drive) and in the upper middle class (BMW 520d) the modern diesel engines rank at the top. Only in the luxury class does a petrol engine take the lead - in the A8 2.8 FSI e with CO2 emissions of 199 grams per kilometer.

More variety in the future

Currently available models with CO2 emissions below 130 grams per kilometer are available up to the middle class. But new developments are ready for series production and will soon ensure lower carbon dioxide emissions in series vehicles.

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