Next Green Car – Car of the Year 2011
The title of Next Green Car Car of the Year 2011 was awarded to the new Vauxhall Ampera E-REV.
The Vauxhall Ampera is the first mass produced Extended-Range Electric Vehicle (E-REV) – essentially an battery electric car with an on-board generator. The Ampera has an electric range of around 50 miles, after which its 1.4 litre petrol engine can extend its range by 310 miles. Combined tailpipe CO2 emissions are around 40 g/km – or zero if used in EV mode. 0-62 mph can be reached in 8.8 seconds and top speed is limited to 100 mph. From £28,995 (including £5,000 Plug-In Car Grant); Available to order Dec 2011;
Next Green Car – Car of the Year 2010
The title of Next Green Car Car of the Year 2010 was awarded to the new Toyota Auris hybrid, launched on 1st July 2010.
In addition to awarding the Car of the Year title to the new Auris hybrid, the judging panel also 'highly commended' the Seat Leon 1.6 TDI Ecomotive, BMW 320d EfficientDynamics and Citroen DS3 1.6 HDi.
Judging and test-drives of the 10 short-listed cars took place on Wednesday 30th June in London. The overall winner of the Next Green Car: Car of the Year Award 2010 was announced on Thursday 1st July.
Next Green Car – Car of the Year 2009
The title of Next Green Car Car of the Year 2009 was awarded to the 'next generation' Toyota Prius, which was launched in the UK on 1st August 2009.
The new Toyota Prius was chosen from a short-list of 10 green car finalists which were test-driven at Imperial College, London, by six of the UK's leading green transport and environmental experts.
The judging was completely independent and showcased the most innovative green cars available to drive in the UK during 2009.
Next Green Car – Car of the Year 2008
Next Green Car's first Green Car of the Year Award 2008 was awarded to the Ford Focus 1.6 TDCi ECOnetic. The Focus has CO2 emissions of only 115g/km (65.6mpg on a combined test cycle) and, with a diesel particulate filter fitted as standard on the 110PS engine, a Green Car rating of only 33, the lowest (in 2008) in its class.
The Ford Focus ECOnetic was chosen by an independent panel of six judges representing leading UK green transport and environmental organisations who agreed to select and judge the latest green cars on the UK market.