Renault is the first manufacturer to achieve average emission figures of lower than 115g/km of CO2 across its whole fleet, thegreencarwebsite.co.uk reports.
The French manufacturer is leading the charge in terms of energy-efficient vehicles, with its 'Energy' range gaining countless fans in the motoring world. It has also seen a marked upswing in sales of electric vehicles and development work on lowering emissions.
Now, this has been proven in terms of energy emissions for the exact vehicles sold during 2013. Over the full year, average emissions for all of the vehicles sold reached 114.7g/km, making it the first year a mainstream manufacturer has managed to score below 115.
It also represents a year-on-year decline in emissions per km, which dropped by 11g from the totals recorded in 2012.
The result is largely attributable to good sales volumes of its Captur, New Clio, Megane, Twingo and Dacia Sandero - all of which have emissions of 100g/km of CO2 or lower. These have then offset higher emissions on its fleet or luxury range.
Commenting, Renault Group director for environmental plan, Jean-Philippe Hermine told fleetnews.co.uk: "This position of market leader is proof that the combination of our powertrain strategy - with our range of Energy engines - and our electric vehicle strategy is bearing fruit.
"Thanks to these innovations, Renault Group is achieving tangible results and maintaining its objective to significantly reduce the long-term environmental footprint of its activities. At the same time, these improvements are beneficial for both the planet and our customers."