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As an automaker, Renault's duty is to provide novel solutions that help its customers reduce their fuel consumption and, at the same time, curb the production of greenhouse gases.

Motorists can play a major part in reducing the fuel consumption of their vehicle. Eco-driving entails drivers going easy on their vehicles, which should be serviced properly and adapted to their needs.

DRIVINGECO² can reduce fuel consumption by up to 20%

Tip n°1 : Improve your gearshifts

  • Shift down at approximately 1,000rpm
  • Shift up to the next gear at apporximately 2,000rpm in diesel vehicles and at 2,400rpm in a petrol engine

> At 50kph, you should already be in fourth or fitth gear.

Tip n°2 : Drive smoothly

  • Maintain a steady speed as soon as possible (from 40kph)
  • Brake with the engine and use your foot brake as little as possible. Allowing the vehicle to slow naturally helps to cut the fuel flow

> At 50kph in fifth gear, lift off the accelerator 100 metres before a red light.

Tip n°3 : Thing about how you accelerate

  • Up to 50kph, it is preferable to accelerate briskly up to fifth gear
  • At speeds in excess of 50kph, acceleration should be restrained

> Change gear very swiftly up to fitfh gear.

Tip n°4 : Climbs and descents

  • Keep to the same speed when going down a hill
  • On an uphill gradient, let the car shed speed, but without becoming obstructing other
    road-users. If possible, maintain your vehicle at a steady speed above 40kph

> Use descents to take your foot off the accelerator.

Tip n°5 : USe your motor smartly

  • Turn off your engine if you stop for more than 30 seconds
  • Do not preheat your engine even in winter

> Pull away as soon as the engine has fired up.

Tip n°6 : Treat your vehicle well

  • Check tyre pressures every month
  • If you have to use the air conditioning, make sure the difference between the temperatures inside your vehicle and outside is not too great
  • Do not leave any unnecessary loads in your vehicle
  • Remove roof bars and roof boxes when not in use

> Proper servicing and proper use of your vehicle are as important as eco-driving.


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Launched on the market in October 2008, Dacia eco2 vehicles prove that an affordable car can also be more respectful of the environment. As part of its environmental strategy, Dacia is broadening its range of economical and more ecological vehicles.

More ecological and economical vehicles

Dacia eco² vehicles are guaranteed economical. They are frugal on fuel, for considerable savings at the pump, and benefit from the Group's latest technologies and innovations, while remaining affordable.

Dacia eco² vehicles have to meet the following environmental criteria:

  • They are produced in an ISO 14001-certified plant: Dacia's Pitesti site in Romania, certified since May 2005, or the SOMACA plant in Casablanca, Morocco, certified since February 2008.
  • In use, they emit 120 g/km or less of CO2.
  • At end of life, they are 95% by mass and include at least 7% of recycled plastic.

These criteria reflect Renault's commitment to reducing ecological impact throughout the vehicle life cycle.

Broader range

Since 2009, Dacia has broadened its range of engines respecting Dacia eco2 criteria with models running on LPG and bioethanol alternative energies: Sandero and Logan 1.4 LPG, Logan MCV 1.6 LPG and Sandero 1.6 E85 bioethanol. Logan and Sandero are also available with a new, low-capacity petrol engine, the 75 hp 1.2 16V.

These new powerplants reduce both the environmental footprint of the car and the fuel budget of motorists.

LPG engine. LPG is a more ecological fuel, reducing pollutant gas emissions by up to 12% compared with a conventional engine. With competitive prices at the pump plus tax breaks, LPG fuel is a very attractive solution. LPG vehicles also offer a three-fold advantage: they are silent, safe and boast considerable range thanks to the dual-mode petrol/gas unit.

Bioethanol engine. Bioethanol reduces CO2 emissions by up to 70% over the complete fuel life cycle. It is also a very economical fuel, with pump prices considerably lower than petrol. Bioethanol engines are highly flexible, running on E85 bioethanol as well as petrol.

Low-capacity petrol engine. The 1.2 16V engine is very economical thanks to a lower idling speed.


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Renault launched the Renault eco² signature in May 2007 to identify its most ecological and economical range of vehicles. The signature reflects Renault's aim to inform customers of the environmental progress it has made across the vehicle life cycle. Renault eco² vehicles fulfill three ecological criteria in terms of production, CO2 emissions and recycling. Renault is toughening up its vehicle qualifying criteria in 2011.

Production: ISO 14001 plants


Certified plants

Renault eco² vehicles are produced at ISO 14001-certified plants. This standard rewards the progress made by manufacturing sites in reducing water and energy consumption and in cutting waste production and atmospheric, watery and noise emissions.

CO2 emissions: less than 120 g of CO2 /km


Less CO2 emissions

Renault eco² vehicles must emit less than 120 g/km of CO2 in NEDC cycle. Some Renault eco² vehicles can also run on biofuels, made from plant matter.

Vehicles containing recycled plastic


End-of-life recoverable vehicles

Renault eco² vehicles have to contain at least 7% recycled plastic. They are also designed so that 95% of their mass can be recovered at end-of-life, and thus begin a second existence.

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