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.
MPV Awards 2012
WINNER: Ford B-Max 1.6 TDCi – CO2: 104 g/km – GCR: 31
Based on the Fiesta chassis, the B-MAX compact MPV has sliding rear doors and loses the central B-pillar, meaning that access is particularly easy while no compromise has been made to safety. While one of the model in the new B-MAX range comes with Ford’s new 3-cylinder EcoBoost petrol power pack (with impressive CO2 emissions of just 114 g/km and fuel economy of 58 mpg), a more efficient version is the 94 bhp TDCi diesel, with CO2 of only 104 g/km and a corresponding fuel economy of just under 71 mpg. From around £18,895 (for 104 gCO2/km model). Available September 2012.
NGC verdict: "With no central B-pillar, the all-new B-MAX packs maximum versatility into a compact MPV. A class-leading fuel economy is achieved with the use of Ford’s Auto Start-Stop."
COMMENDED: Toyota Prius Plus Hybrid – CO2: 96 g/km – GCR: 36
Based extensively on the existing Prius in terms of styling and technology, the Toyota Prius Plus will be the world's first hybrid 7-seater MPV. The Plus and adopts Toyota’s now proven Hybrid Synergy Drive system which incorporates a 1.8 litre petrol engine and electric motor within a highly integrated parallel hybrid drive-train. For the first time, lithium-ion batteries will be used (in place of nickel-metal hydride) to increase energy capacity and increasing the pure electric driving range to around 9 miles. The CO2 emissions of 96 g/km are best-in-class and mean Prius Plus owners will pay no car tax or Congestion Charge. From £26,195. Available July 2012.
Next Generation Awards 2012
WINNER: BMW i3 – CO2: 0 g/km – GCR: TBC
The first of two models to be launched under the new sub-brand 'BMW i', the i3 will be BMW's first series produced all-electric vehicle. Both i models incorporate cutting edge innovation – power-trains are housed in aluminium chassis and the passenger cells consist of high-strength but extremely lightweight carbon fibre reinforced plastic. The i3 will use a 22kWh lithium-ion battery, providing a 80-100 mile range. The car also is highly connected with a mobile app that supplies information on parking availability, public transport and local entertainment. From £TBC; Due in UK in 2013.
NGC verdict: "When it is launched in 2013, the ‘Born Electric’ i3 will turn minds as well as heads. Incorporating BMW’s eDrive technology, the i3 is beautiful inside and out. In every sense a connected device; possibly the ultimate ‘ultimate driving machine’."
COMMENDED: Tesla Model S – CO2: 0 g/km – GCR: TBC
Building on the highly successful upmarket electric sports Roadster, Tesla is taking its next step to the mass market with its all electric Model S, an executive ‘sedan’. More attractively priced that the Roadster, the Model S will be offered with at least three battery pack options, the 42 kWh battery base model having a range of 160 miles, and capable of 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds. In line with other brands integrating new engine and digital technologies, the Model S will feature a 17 in touch screen computer with in-car 3G connectivity, enabling access to online services, or to check the battery's state of charge remotely. From £36,200+TBC; Due in UK in 2013.
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