Opel announced that its new powertrains will reduce average CO2 emissions 27% by 2020, helping the company comply with the emissions regulations imposed by the EU.

Opel has prepared 13 new engines with which it will renew 80% of its engine portfolio by 2016, also adding new transmissions. The automaker will begin the renewal this year with the new 1.6-liter gasoline and diesel engines and also the new five- six- and eight-speed gearboxes.

“Europe will continue be the place that pushes the leading edge of CO2 technology. We intend to stay at that leading edge,” Mike Ableson, Opel’s board member responsible for engineering, told journalists at Opel’s proving ground here, near Frankfurt.

According to data from market researcher JATO Dynamics, Opel’s 2012 average fleet emissions were 132.8 grams per kilometer, which means that a 27% reduction would help the automaker fell to average 97 g/km. The new EU regulations say that by 2020 the CO2 average for all automakers will be 95g/km, less than the 130g/km set for 2015. Last year the fleet average was 132.3g/km.

“We continue to recognize diesel as the most important powertrain technology in Europe,” Ableson said. “We are bringing most of it in-house, which is somewhat different from what we have done in the past.”

Source: Automotive News Europe


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