With a CO2 emissions rating of 120g/km, Twingo 1.2 LEV 16V 75 eco2 emits 15g/km less than the existing 1.2 16V 75 eco2. This 11 per cent saving makes it eligible for the environmental tax incentives that have been introduced in several countries. In France, it qualifies alongside the dCi 65 eco2 version (113g/km) for the €700 eco bonus, which makes Twingo one of the most ecological models of its segment.
The lower emissions rating has been achieved by lengthening the gear ratios (20 per cent) which has resulted in a reduction in the engine revs required for a given road speed, and consequently lower fuel consumption. Just 5.1 litres of fuel are now required for Twingo 1.2 16V 75hp 120g/km eco2 to cover 100km. Its power output (75hp) and torque (107Nm) are unchanged.
Thanks to this technical solution, no price increase compared with the existing Twingo 1.2 16V 75 eco2 has been passed on to the customer. The two cars will be marketed alongside each other at the same price for the Authentique, Expression and Dynamique equipment levels (starting from €9,950 in France). All Twingo engines qualify for Renault's eco2 signature, including two that claim CO2 emissions of less than 120g/km.
The eco2 signature is the hallmark of Renault's commitment in favour of the environment by offering customers vehicles that are both ecological and affordable to buy and run. Within the framework of its Renault Commitment plan, the brand has pledged to sell one million vehicles in 2008 that emit less than 140g of CO2/km, including one third that emit less than 120g/km.
Order books for the new version open on July 21 in France, Germany, Spain, Holland and Belgium.