29.09.2009

Respect for the environment


At Fiat, innovation also means looking after the environment. In fact, the environment is one of the main issues driving product development, and ensures that the Fiat range is the greenest in Europe. The Punto Evo is no exception. The new MultiAir engines are proof of that. Compared with a conventional petrol engine of the same size, they produce more power (up to 10%) and torque (up to 15%), while consuming significantly less fuel (up to 10%) and emitting less CO2 (up to 10%), particulates (up to 40%) and NOx (up to 60%).
In the same way, the second generation MultiJet diesel engines offer more accurate combustion control, with benefits for consumption, emissions, NVH and handling. This has been achieved through a new common rail injector that regulates the introduction of fuel to the combustion chamber which, for the Euro 5 engines, cuts fuel consumption and CO2 on the approved cycle by around 2%, while at the same time reducing harmful emissions.
Still with reduced consumption and emissions in mind, the new Punto Evo offers Start&Stop, the system that temporarily switches off the engine when the car is stationary and then restarts it. Start&Stop comes as standard on all new Euro 5 petrol and diesel engines.  
The two bi-fuel systems (petrol/methane and petrol/LPG), which unquestionably give the Fiat Punto Evo the most complete and eco-friendly engine range in the segment, are further proof of Fiat's commitment to protecting the environment. What is more, Fiat is the undisputed global leader in the segment of original dual-fuel petrol/methane cars (OEM) and, more recently, of dual-fuel petrol/LPG cars.
The two 'green' versions have a specific 1.4 8v Fire engine with 77 hp (for example, the Natural Power one delivers 70 hp, when operating on methane, and is Euro 5-approved) manufactured by Fiat Powertrain Technologies and designed specifically to integrate fully with the two fuel supply systems.
The methane-fuelled engine is not only the most ecological bi-fuel engine in the B segment, producing just 115 g/km of CO2, but is also the most economical thanks to unprecedented running costs of under 4 euros per 100 km. Among other advantages, methane-fuelled engines benefit from the highest government incentives in Italy: 5,000 euros if combined with a contribution for scrapping your old car. It should not be forgotten that the Punto Evo Natural Power ensures a range of more than 1,000 km on the combined cycle and 1,200 km on the extra-urban cycle and, when operating on methane, it guarantees excellent handling and good performance: the top speed is 156 km/h and it goes from 0-100 km/h in 16.9 seconds.
Then there is the LPG-fuelled version in addition to the Natural Power one, developed using Fiat’s extensive experience in alternative fuels to respond to the extraordinary growth seen in this market. The Punto Evo GPL boasts a record range of 1,500 km in the extra-urban cycle, running costs almost 50% lower than a petrol equivalent, as well as reduced consumption (7.4 l/100km in the combined cycle) and CO2 emissions (119 g/km).
Staying on the environmental theme, Fiat Punto Evo customers can use “eco:Drive”, the innovative software that uses the USB port to analyse driving style and help you reduce fuel consumption and emissions.
How does it work? As you drive, “eco:Drive” collects information on vehicle efficiency and your driving habits. All data are sent through the Blue&Me infotainment system's USB port to a standard USB drive, from where they can be read on a computer. Users can then take a careful look at their fuel consumption and emissions for each trip (creating their own eco:Index) and get tips on achieving a more eco-friendly driving style. They can actually improve their score by progressing through a series of tutorials: motorists who are keen to become more eco-responsible drivers can expect a 15% improvement in their driving style, which means cutting CO2 emissions by 15% and an annual fuel saving of 120 to 200 euros.
This system is available for the Fiat 500, Grande Punto, Bravo, Qubo and Croma models, and over 50,000 customers have already downloaded it free of charge from the www.fiat.com/ecodrive website in the first eight months since its launch. More than 22,000 people use it all the time to monitor their driving style, taking part in a lively exchange of views on “eco:Ville”, an online community where you can share your commitment to eco-friendly driving. A great public success but also a concrete commitment, “eco:Drive” tips have made it possible to save more than 1,900 tonnes of CO2 in Europe - enough energy to light up the streets of a city the size of Geneva for 20 months.


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