There's something in the air. 

 

Or rather, there's less of something in the air. There's less carbon dioxide (CO2) to be exact in the European air and there will be less of it in the U.S. and Canada thanks to Fiat.

 

In 2010 -- the fourth straight year -- Fiat brand automobiles recorded the lowest level of CO2 emissions for vehicles sold in Europe. Fiat had an average measurement of 123.1 grams of C02 per kilometer - a drop of 4.7 (g/km) from the previous year. Fiat Automobile Group also ranked first with a rating of 125.9 g/km.

 

Over the past four years, Fiat brand has reduced its C02 emissions an average of 10% from 137.3 to 123.1 - a full four years ahead of the European Union target set for 130 g/km by 2015.

 

And, some of that emissions-reducing technology is now in the U.S. and Canada via the Fiat 500. The new Fiat 500 marks the introduction of Fiat Multiair fuel delivery system to North America. Standard on the 1.4-liter engine in the Fiat 500, Multiair increase fuel economy by up to 10% and reduces emissions by 10% without any loss in power.

 

Recent technologies introduced by Fiat include the TwinAir engine, the world's most "ecological" turbo; alternate fuels including liquid propane gas (LPG); and eco:Drive, an innovative technology that encourages driving that is more responsible and eco-compatible.

 

Image: 2012 Fiat 500 Sport