18.11.2014NGC announces 2014 Award winners
Next Green Car, the UK's no. 1 green car website, today announces the winners of the Next Green Car Awards 2014, highlighting this year's best green cars to come onto the market.
Now in its seventh year, Next Green Car has made awards across eleven vehicle categories including two new categories Sports Utility Vehicles (SUV) and Light Commercial Vans (LCV) as well as the 'Next Generation' Award, which includes new technology models close to market launch.
The eleven winners are selected from shortlists of thirty-six of the UK's greenest new cars of 2014, all selected for their environmental Next Green Car Rating (NGC Rating), level of innovation, value, drive experience and design.
As noted by Dr. Ben Lane, Managing Editor of Next Green Car "The 2014 winners reflect three key green car developments: the electrification of the drive-train (including fully electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids), the continuing improvements in fuel efficiency (for all fuels), and the realisation that petrols may have the environmental edge over diesels for urban use.
"While all the winners and commended entries are highly innovative in the power-train technologies they employ, they also share the objective of wanting to improve the driver experience. In the coming years, ergonomics is set to become as important as engineering in the drive to design green and efficient vehicles."
The winners and commended entries of the Next Green Car Awards 2014 are as follows:
City Car Award 2014
NGC verdict: "With the e-up!, Volkswagen has produced a high quality, practical and affordable electric city car which is perfect for zero-emission urban driving where space is a premium."
Commended: Renault Twingo 1.0 SCe 70 Dynamique Start-Stop - CO2: 95 g/km - NGC Rating: 27
Supermini Award 2014
NGC verdict: "The new Corsa is value for money all round; its impressive new three-cylinder engine providing excellent drivability with emissions well below the zero car-tax threshold."
Commended: Mini Hatch 1.5 Cooper D 5-door - CO2: 95 g/km - NGC Rating: 28
Small Family Award 2014
NGC verdict: "With its good looks, lighter chassis and improved engine range, the new Peugeot 308 combines a positive driving experience with class-leading fuel economy (official combined 91 MPG)."
Commended: Volkswagen e-Golf - CO2: 0 g/km - NGC Rating: 24 (14)**
Large Family Award 2014
NGC verdict: "Well done to Ford for bringing its hybrid know-how to the UK market. Helped by its EcoBoost engine, the Mondeo Hybrid delivers emissions just under the 100gCO2/km threshold."
Commended: Peugeot 508 Saloon 1.6 e-HDi micro-hybrid- CO2: 105 g/km - NGC Rating: 32
Crossover Award 2014
NGC verdict: "With its distinctive looks, the Citroen C4 Cactus will get you noticed. It's also a pleasure to drive, is zero car-tax rated and is the most fuel frugal car in its class."
Commended: Kia Soul EV - CO2: 0 g/km - NGC Rating: 32 (14)**
Family Estate Award 2014
NGC verdict: "As the first plug-in hybrid estate car, the A3 Sportback e-tron perfectly combines conventional fuel practicality for long distance driving with zero-emission motoring for urban trips."
Commended: Honda Civic Tourer 1.6 i-DTEC - CO2: 99 g/km - GCR: 30
MPV Award 2014
NGC verdict: "The 2 Series Active Tourer brings BMW's refinement to the MPV class for the first time, successfully blending a quality brand with high fuel economy and low emissions."
Commended: Volkswagen Golf SV 1.6 TDI BlueMotion - CO2: 95 g/km - GCR: 30
SUV Award 2014
NGC verdict: "The Outlander PHEV sets the SUV bar high offering plug-in capability for the price of a diesel. With a 5% BIK rate, you can see why the Outlander is the UK's most popular plug-in hybrid."
Commended: Hyundai ix35 FCV - CO2: 0 g/km - NGC Rating: TBC*
Executive Award 2014
NGC verdict: "Simply the most beautiful and technologically advanced electric car on the market, the Model S combines a gadget-packed interior with an exhilarating electric driving experience."
Commended: Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon C 300 BlueTEC Hybrid - CO2: 94 g/km - NGC Rating: 32
LCV Award 2014
NGC verdict: "With the e-NV200, Nissan has broken new ground offering an affordable and practical zero-emission alternative to the ubiquitous diesel van."
Commended: Ford Transit Courier Kombi - CO2: 103 g/km - NGC Rating: 30
Next Generation Award 2014
NGC verdict: "Powered by Tesla know-how, the Mercedes electric B-Class brings electric mobility to the compact MPV class for the first time. High on quality, long on range, and zero on emissions."
Commended: Toyota Mirai FCV - CO2: 0 g/km - NGC Rating: TBC*
*TBC - To be confirmed
**If powered using renewable (e.g. wind, solar) electricity