Next Green Car Awards 2012
Awards are given for seven vehicle classes and a new 'Next Generation' category, which includes new technology models close to market launch. An overall winner is also awarded the title of Next Green Car 'Gold Award' 2012.
The nine award winners were selected from shortlists of 26 of the UK's greenest new cars of 2012/13, all selected for their environmental Green Car Rating, level of innovation, value, drive experience and design.*
As noted by Dr. Ben Lane, Managing Editor of Next Green Car: “The 2012 winners reflect two key elements underlying current green car development: downsizing and electrification. Three of the winners are brand new models and follow the design philosophy of ‘small is beautiful’. Over half of the winners also incorporate electric drive-trains, either as pure electric cars, plug-in hybrids or with start-stop.”
Award categories 2012
- Small Family
- Large family
- Family Estate
- Next Generation
- Gold Award
City-car Awards 2012
WINNER: Volkswagen up! BlueMotion – CO2: 96 g/km – GCR: 29
As part of VW’s down-sizing strategy, the up! is both fuel efficient and practical, and is suitable for both city trips and longer journeys. Top speed is 100 mph and 0 to 62 takes 14.4 seconds. With the help of a start-stop system, its combined fuel economy is 67.2 mpg with CO2 emissions of 96 g/km. Running costs are therefore low, with zero-rated car tax and London Congestion Charge. The up! is launched in the UK along with two close siblings: the Seat Mii and Skoda Citigo, which are manufactured in the same factory but with different styling, interior features and cost. From £7,995 (BlueMotion £9,330). Available now.
NGC verdict: "A high quality but affordable city car, the all new up! offers compact comfort with low emissions. The up! also comes with ‘city emergency braking’; a first in this segment."
COMMENDED: smart fortwo ed – CO2: 0 g/km – GCR: 24
The smart electric drive (ED) represents the perfect combination of size (small) and technology (electric). Now in its third generation, the ED is powered by a 55 kW electric motor using a 18 kWh lithium ion battery pack. This version delivers better performance than earlier smart EDs – top speed is in excess of 80 mph and 0-60 takes 13 seconds. Typically, a full charge takes 6 to 8 hours delivering an 85 mile driving range, which works out as costing around 3 p/mile. Price: TBC. Available end 2012.
Supermini Awards 2012
WINNER: Renault ZOE Z.E. – CO2: 0 g/km – GCR: 26
The ZOE Z.E. supermini is likely to be the most popular of the Renault Zero Emission range. Its 60 kW (80 hp) electric motor gives an impressive acceleration of 0-60 mph in just 8.1 seconds and a top speed of 84 mph. While a standard 6-8 hour charge provides a driving range of up to 130 miles, fast charging will also be available. Like others in the Z.E. range, the ZOE is priced at close to 'normal' prices, with the battery being leased to reduce upfront costs. From £13,650 (including Plug-in Car Grant) plus £70 monthly for battery lease. Available autumn 2012.
NGC verdict: "With the ZOE, the first all-electric supermini, Renault offers an EV with potential to ignite the mass-market. Form and function are stylishly combined to provide zero-emissions and a 130 mile range; all for the same price as a conventional model."
COMMENDED: Peugeot 208 1.4 e-HDi – CO2: 87 g/km – GCR: 27
Replacing the dated 207, the Peugeot 208 has a fresh design that will go down well with car buyers looking for a frugal supermini. Engine variants include a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol unit delivering 65.6 mpg (combined) and 99 g/km of CO2, and a 1.4-litre diesel engine delivering an impressive 83 mpg and 87 g/km CO2. Other 1.0 litre petrol and 1.6 litre diesel units also provide zero-tax sub-100 g/km CO2 emissions. Quality inside and out with a drive to match, the 208 is well placed in the current market where economy and quality are king. From £9,995. Available now.
Next: Small and Large Family Awards 2012 >>
*While we aim to provide a Green Car Rating for all available models, in cases where all regulated emissions have yet to be published, only official CO2 emissions are shown.
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