The UK's What Car? magazine has named the Vauxhall Ampera as its Green Car of the Year 2011
The Vauxhall Ampera was also top alternative-fuel car.
What Car? editor-in-chief Chas Hallett said: “The Vauxhall Ampera represents a massive step for alternative-fuel cars. It offers all the benefits of owning an electric vehicle with virtually none of the drawbacks. It gives motorists the ability to dramatically reduce their emissions without changing their lifestyle, which is exactly what green cars need to do.”
The Kia Picanto 1.0 1 Air is this year’s top green supermini, while the award for best green small family car went to Volkswagen for the Golf Bluemotion.
Ford’s Mondeo picked up the green family car prize, and the BMW 3 Series 318d was named best green executive car. Renault’s Scénic picked up the award for best green MPV.
The green SUV award went to Peugeot for the 3008 2.0 HDi Hybrid4, the world’s first production diesel hybrid.
The British-built Mini 1.6D Cooper picked up the fun car award, and in the process proved that being green doesn’t mean waving goodbye to driving enjoyment.
Supermini Kia Picanto
Small family car VW Golf 1.6 TDI Bluemotion
Family car Ford Mondeo 1.6 TDCi 115 Eco Zetec
Executive car BMW 3 Series 318d ES
MPV Renault Grand Scénic 1.6
Alternative-fuel car Vauxhall Ampera
SUV Peugeot 3008 2.0 HDi Hybrid 4
Fun car Mini 1.6 D Cooper
Overall Winner Vauxhall Ampera
The What Car? judging team did not consider only CO2 output, because cars emit a whole concoction of polluting gases including nitrous oxides and particulates. The judges also evaluated whole-life costs, driveability and reliability.