Volkswagen had three of the safest cars tested by Euro NCAP in 2017 - the Arteon, T-Roc and Polo - in their respective classes of Executive, Small Offroad and Supermini. The other best in class models were the Volvo XC60 in the Large off-road category and the best overall safety performer, Opel’s new Crossland X was safest small SUV while Subaru’s XV and Impreza were together named the safest small family car. Euro NCAP tested almost 70 models in 2017 in a record year for new model launches.
Toyota CO2 low
Toyota is celebrating record low CO2 emissions from its UK fleet as they fell to an average of 100g/km for the past year from more than 102,000 sales. This is largely due to uptake of the company’s hybrid models, including the new generation Prius. It is the lowest level yet achieved by Toyota and well below the industry average of 121.04g/km. At the same time, Toyota is phasing out sales of diesel cars in both France and Italy. Last year, 60% of Toyotas sold in France were petrol hybrids, 30% were petrol and only 7% diesel.
Renault, Europe’s number one EV-selling car maker, sold a record 3.76 million vehicles worldwide, an increase of 8.5%. Sales of the Renault Zoe, Europe's top-selling EV, rose 44% and there were strong performances from the brand's renewed Megane, the new Koleos and the class-leading Captur.