PSA Peugeot Citroën is, as of the end of 2014, the top company in reducing emissions in Europe.

The French manufacturer ranked first with an average of 110.3 grams of CO2 per kilometer (source: AAA DATA), compared with an average of 123.7 grams for the European market.

Since 2008, the Group said it has gradually lowered its vehicle emissions by about 30 grams.

The company stated this new record illustrates PSA Peugeot Citroën’s commitment to finding practical solutions to environmental problems. More than 50 percent of its R&D budget is devoted to developing technologies aimed at improving the fuel and environmental performance of its vehicles.

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PSA Peugeot Citroën added its top ranking is primarily the result of its engine downsizing strategy and the introduction of new PureTech 3-cylinder gasoline engines, as well as the introduction of new-generation, fuel-efficient BlueHDi diesel engines.

In 2014, nearly 30 percent of vehicles sold by the Group emitted less than 100 grams of CO2.

Paired with these new gasoline and diesel engines, many PSA models are considered low-carbon leaders in their category.

The following models are a few examples of low-carbon leader vehicles:

Citroën C4 Cactus, 1.6-liter BlueHDi, 100 horsepower, 82 grams of CO2 per kilometer;

Citroën DS 3, 1.6-liter BlueHDi, 100 horsepower, 79 grams of CO2 per kilometer;

Peugeot 308, PureTech 1.2-liter, 130 horsepower, 107 grams of CO2 per kilometer; this gasoline version also set a new fuel economy record of 2.85 liters per 100 kilometers (84 mpg), covering 1,810 kilometers (1,124.6 miles)on a 51-liter (13.472 U.S. gallons) tank of fuel;

The recent Peugeot 308 and Citroën C4 Picasso models, built on the new EMP2 platform, and the Citroën C4 Cactus which was launched in 2014 weigh significantly less than their predecessors, by 140 kilograms and 200 kilograms, respectively, which PSA states as a key factor in reducing emissions.

“The outstanding reduction in CO2 emissions is the fruit of PSA Peugeot Citroën’s advanced gasoline and diesel engine technologies but also of its ongoing research to make lighter, more aerodynamic cars,” said Gilles Le Borgne, Executive Vice President, Research and Development, PSA Peugeot Citroën. “The Group continues to invest heavily in research and innovation, particularly in the field of plug-in hybrid technologies and new-generation electric vehicles.”