Next Green Car Awards 2012
Next Green Car uses its unique Green Car Rating to rank the greenest new cars to come to market in 2012.
Eligible cars are selected for their low Green Car Rating, level of innovation, value, drive experience and design.
Family Estate Awards 2012
WINNER: Ford Focus EcoBoost Estate – CO2: 109 g/km – GCR: TBC
As with the saloon, the 1.0 litre Focus Estate is fitted with the new award winning 3-cylinder petrol EcoBoost engine. A petrol car with diesel-like performance – 58.9 mpg (combined) with CO2 emissions of 109 g/km – Ford’s new power pack reduced fuel use by 20%. Despite the engine’s cubic capacity, and its focus on fuel efficiency, the turbocharged EcoBoost delivers more than adequate performance even in a larger car like the estate. From £21,345 (for 109 gCO2/km model). Available now.
NGC verdict: "Powered by the game-changing 3-cylinder EcoBoost petrol engine, the Focus Estate offers surprising power, practicality, excellent fuel economy and low emissions."
COMMENDED: Peugeot 508 RXH HYbrid4 – CO2: 107 g/km – GCR: 42
Launched as an upmarket hybrid-electric crossover estate, the new 508 RXH is powered by a 2.0-litre 163 bhp turbo diesel engine driving the front wheels, and a 37 bhp electric motor at the rear. As with other models using the HYbrid4 power-train, the driver can select between electric-only, automatic, sports or 4X4 modes – offering a full range of performance and driveability options. Pricing and market positioning are more premium that the existing 508, with an interior to match. From £33,695. Available now.
Executive Awards 2012
WINNER: BMW 3 Series EfficientDynamics – CO2: 109 g/km – GCR: 31
The new 3 Series EfficientDynamics outperforms the existing 320d EfficientDynamics model in terms of efficiency. The frugal 320d ED model can return 116 bhp, and CO2 has dropped to 109 g/km with combined mpg expected to be in excess of 70 mpg (320d emits 118 gCO2/km and returns 62.8 mpg). With no compromise to the comfort and quality on this model, as expected from a BMW, the executive-style 3 Series will continue to be popular amongst both business and private car buyers. From £28,080. Available now.
NGC verdict: "As BMW’s greenest 3-Series, the new 320d EfficientDynamics continues to reign supreme in the executive class, combining class-leading low emissions with an impressive drive."
COMMENDED: Mercedes-Benz E300 BlueTEC – CO2: 109 g/km – GCR: TBC
Following the BMW philosophy, the E300 BlueTEC uses an electric motor to replace its automatic transmission’s torque converter. While the 0.8 kWh lithium-ion battery only provides 0.6 miles of pure electric driving, the power-train is primarily designed to improve fuel economy. Powered by a 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine, the hybrid provides a headline fuel economy of 67.3 mpg (combined) and CO2 emissions of 109 g/km – not bad for large executive model capable of a top speed of 150 mph, and 0-62mph in 7.5sec. From around £35,000 (TBC); Due late 2012.
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