TURIN - Fiat Auto has set itself new targets for fuel-efficiency and recycling.
The targets include dates for introducing new engines and new hybrid vehicles. Another target is to double the proportion of diesels in its output of cars by 2005.
Paolo Cantarella, president of the parent company Fiat SpA, signed a memorandum of understanding with Italian Environment Minister Edo Ronchi.
The government will provide customer incentives for part of the program.
Fiat will cut average fuel consumption of new cars 20 percent by 2005, using 1995 as a base.
The target is 5.9 liters per 100km by 2005. Fiat averaged 7.4 liters in 1995. To achieve the goal, Fiat intends to boost diesel sales in Italy to 40 percent by 2005 from 17 percent now. Fiat will also introduce new engines.
Among the Fiat goals:
The Alfa Romeo 156 will have a direct-injection turbodiesel in October - fuel consumption will be lower than 4.5 liters per 100km
A bi-fuel Marea powered by either gasoline and compressed natural gas will launch in October. CNG is less polluting than gasoline
In spring 1998 Fiat will sell an electric version of the Seicento, the Cinquecento replacement. The electric Seicento will carry four passengers, while the Cinquecento Elettra carries only two
By October 1998 Fiat says it will have released several CNG and hybrid passenger cars. The Italian government has promised incentives for these low-emission cars.
By 2000 Fiat will unveil its prototype three-liter car. It will have a direct-injection turbodiesel with a capacity of 1.3-1.5 liters, and will achieve 100km of travel on three liters of fuel.
The Fiat Auto Recycling (FARe) program recycled 200,000 cars during 1992-96. It made 5.5 million glass bottles and 1.3 square kilometers of carpet liner from seat foam.
FARe plans to recycle 85 percent of Fiat cars by weight by 2002, and 95 percent by 2010. The current level is 80 percent. FARe's 230 scrap centers can handle 150,000 units a year.
Fiat cut fuel consumption in the 1980s by 25 percent.