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Next Green Car Awards 2011

green car awards 2011 Welcome to the Next Green Car Awards 2011, the most scientifically based green car Awards in the UK.

Awards are given for eight 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' 2011.

The nine winners have been selected from shortlists of 27 of the UK's greenest new cars of 2011/12, 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 2011 winners reflect the latest technologies being used by manufacturers to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions, which range from the ground-breaking drive-train of the Ampera, to the clean-diesel innovations such as 'start-stop', 'regen-braking' and catalysed particulate filters."

He continues: "Indeed, the Vauxhall Ampera Extended-Range Electric Vehicle wins our Gold Award 2011 as it is this year's 'game changer'. An electric car with no range anxiety, ultra-low emissions, state-of-the-art design and it's a joy to drive."

In receiving the Gold Award 2011, Duncan Aldred, Vauxhall's Managing Director said: "Vauxhall is very pleased to win three accolades in the Next Green Car Awards 2011, including a double for the Ampera... The Ampera has been received with much acclaim as the only electric vehicle able to run for up to 50 miles on its battery yet extend its range without stopping to over 310 miles, still on electric power."

Award Winners 2011

City-car Awards 2011

City-car winner logo Peugeot iOn electric JOINT WINNERS: Peugeot iOn & Citroen C-ZeroGCR: 21
PSA Peugeot-Citroen has partnered with Mitsubishi to produce two French incarnations of the all-electric Mitsubishi i-MiEV. The iOn and C-Zero, which have a driving range of 90 miles, use a 64 bhp electric motor to provide an acceleration of 62 mph in 16 seconds and a top speed of 80 mph. Both zero-emission models are ideal for urban use. From £415 per month over 4 years/40,000 miles OTR. Available now; iOn review, C-Zero review.

NGC verdict: "Both the iOn and C-Zero signal the arrival of the pure electric city car. Practical, affordable, fun-to-drive, spacious enough for four, and a cinch to park."

Hyundai i10 COMMENDED: Hyundai i10 1.0-litre – CO2: 99 g/km – GCR: 27
At just £9,195 on the road, the new Hyundai i10 is one of the cheapest eco-spec models available. It also has very low running costs, with zero-rated VED tax and a 100% Congestion Charge dicsount thanks to CO2 emissions of just 99 g/km. The 3 cylinder 1.0 litre petrol engine with 5-speed gearbox and start-stop give 67.3 mpg on the combined cycle, and a top speed of 90 mph. From £9,195 OTR. Available now; i10 review.

Toyota iQ COMMENDED: Toyota iQ 1.0-litre VVTi – CO2: 99 g/km – GCR: 27
Toyota's upgraded iQ engine now qualifies for a Euro 5 standard, while still providing CO2 emissions of 99 g/km (VED band A) and a combined fuel economy of 64.2 mpg. While its body styling and high quality interior remain unchanged, the upgrade means makes it eligible for the full Congestion Charge discount. The 1.0 litre VVT-i petrol engine and 5-speed gearbox returns 67 bhp which feels quite nippy around the city. From £10,445 OTR. Available now; iQ review.

Supermini Awards 2011

Supermini winner logo Vauxhall Corsa ecoFLEXWINNER: Vauxhall Corsa 1.3 CDTi EcoFlex – CO2: 94 g/km – GCR: 27
The new Corsa's 1.3 CDTi 16v EcoFlex engine with start-stop produces only 94 gCO2/km (95 g/km for the 5-door ) making it zero-rated for car tax and the Congestion Charge. Refined efficiency means that the Corsa returns 76.3 mpg (combined), which translates to around 7.2 p/mile. Improved styling and plenty of optional extras also make this already popular model even more attractive to first time buyers. From £14,340 OTR. Available now; Corsa EcoFlex review.

NGC verdict: "A value green car, the new Corsa is great to drive, has improved styling, and delivers fantastic fuel economy without cutting back on comfort or safety features."

Renault Clio COMMENDED: Renault Clio 1.5 dCi Eco – CO2: 94 g/km – GCR: 27
The 1.5 dCi diesel Clio Eco is the greenest model in Renault's range. The 5-speed manual version returns 78.4 mpg (combined) and only 94 gCO2/km. The Eco-pack brings taller gearing, low rolling resistance tyres, front splitter to refine aerodynamics and a rear spoiler. 0-62 mph in 11s and a top speed of 108 mph is more than adequate. With attractive styling, the new Clio is likely to continue to be a popular choice this year. From £12,450 OTR. Available now; Clio review.

 Audi A1 COMMENDED: Audi A1 1.6 TDI Start-Stop – CO2: 99 g/km – GCR: 28
The iconic A1, launched to rival the MINI has already had great success. The latest 1.6 TDI manual now offers all the spec of the Audi marque with CO2 emissions of only 99 g/km and a combined fuel economy of 74.3 mpg, the new A1 offers stylish motoring with low running-costs, with the added benefits of zero-cost tax and Congestion Charge. Not cheap but heaps of Audi style and quality in a small green car. From £14,480 OTR. Available now; A1 review.

Next: Small and Large Family winners >>

*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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