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Carbon levels across Fleet Alliance fleet fall to new low

The average figure was 119g/km, while some 20% of all new cars ordered across the 18,400-strong Fleet Alliance vehicle fleet were sub-100g/km of CO2, compared with 16% in 2014.

At the same time, 77% of the fleet had CO2 figures of less than 130g/km, compared to 71% at the end of 2014.

In a league table of the cleanest cars, the top 10 models on the company fleet all had carbon emissions of 100g/km or less:

Manufacturer

Model

Ave CO2

Mitsubishi

Outlander

48

Lexus

CT

82

Peugeot

208

93

Peugeot

308

94

Skoda

Fabia

94

Audi

A1

95

Toyota

Auris

97

Honda

Civic

98

Volvo

V40

98

Hyundai

i30

100

Mercedes

C-Class

100

During the last 12-18 months, Fleet Alliance has been continually advising fleet clients of the importance of setting fleet policies that encourage the take-up of low carbon-emitting cars to capitalise on savings in tax, National Insurance and fuel costs.

To reinforce the message, the company has also introduced a number of new green initiatives including an EV awareness programme, which included adding two new examples of the Nissan Leaf to the Fleet Alliance fleet for testing and review purposes.

Fleet Alliance also published its top 10 list of volume best sellers:

Position

Manufacturer

Model

Ave CO2

1

Audi

A3

105

2

Volkswagen

Passat

110

3

Ford

Mondeo

109

4

Kia

Sportage

148

5

Volkswagen

Golf

113

6

Nissan

Qashqai

105

7

Seat

Leon

106

8

Vauxhall

Insignia

107

9

Land Rover

Evoque

130

10

Audi

A6

117

 

Fleet Alliance managing director, Martin Brown commented: “In terms of the volume sellers, Audi still remains desirable for user-choosers with their low carbon emissions and smaller tax charges. So it was of little surprise that the number one car on our fleet in 2015 was the Audi A3.

“In fact, despite the much-publicised emissions issue, Volkswagen Group had three models in our top ten with the Passat and Golf in second and fifth places respectively, as well as the A3 at number one.

“There was another strong performance from Kia, who are now producing low carbon-emitting, models ideal for today’s fleet market, while the best-selling Nissan Qashqai also featured at number six, reflecting the strong current demand for SUVs.

“The success of models like the Vauxhall Insignia, the Land Rover Evoque and the Audi A6, on the other hand, reflects the number of new customers we have taken on in the mid-size corporate market in the last 12 months,” he added.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.