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What Car? Green Car Award Winners – Greenpeace ‘Storm’ Event

Last night the annual  What Car? Green car awards took place at the Battersea power station, which plays host over the next four days to eco velocity the low carbon motor festival.

In total 9 awards were issued of which the Vauxhall Ampera came out top, being crowned overall winner.

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.”

Amongst the winners were Volkswagen with their Bluemotion Golf, which for the second consecutive year was awarded best green small family car.

Greenpeace are currently in the middle of a high profile campaign against Volkswagen, the biggest car company in Europe, who they say are financing lobby groups to oppose Europe increasing its commitment to Greenhouse gas reduction from 20% to 30% by 2020. Their VW dark side campaign which has 370,921 followers on their site at present, plays upon the Volkswagen Super Bowl ad where a child was dressed as Darth Vader. The site says that ‘VW opposes key environmental laws we need if we’re going to stop our planet going the way of Alderaan (bye bye). But all is not lost. We feel the good in Volkswagen.’

Greenpeace also state that only 6% of the vehicles sold by VW in 2010 were their more efficient greener models. Campaigners were out in force ‘excuse the pun’ last night at the What Car? green car awards handing out leaflets and projecting huge ‘darkside’ images onto Battersea power station itself as seen pictured below.

Image From Greenpeace UK's Flikr Set Of The Event

What Car? editor-in-chief Chas Hallett said: ‘The Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion shows that it is still possible to be green by simply improving the technology that is already proven and available at the moment.  The Golf offers a seamless driving experience that is hard to differentiate from a regular diesel Golf.  It also has loads of luxury and safety features.’

Below are the full list of winners  from last nights event:

Category Model Derivative Price Target
Price
CO2
g/km
NOX
g/km
PM
mg/km
Av
Economy
mpg
Supermini Kia
Picanto
1.0 1 Air £8595 £8439 99 0.006 Na 67.3
Small
family car
VW Golf 1.6 TDI
Bluemotion
5dr
£19,430 £17,954 99 0.129 0.001 74.6
Family car Ford
Mondeo
1.6 TDCi
115 Eco
Zetec S/S
£20,795 £19,172 114 0.147 1.23 65.6
Executive
car
BMW 3
Series
318d ES £25,325 £23,462 119 0.169 0.15 62.8
MPV Renault
Grand
Scénic
1.6 dCI 1.30
I-Music S/S
£21,200 £18,383 115 0.159 1.22 64.2
Alternative-
fuel cars
Vauxhall
Ampera
£28,995
Inc grant
40 Tbc Na 176
Exact tbc
SUV Peugeot
3008
2.0 HDi
Hybrid 4
£26,995 £26,995 99 0.154 0.56 74.0
Fun cars Mini 1.6 D
Cooper
£16,060 £15,604 99 0.174 0.13 74.3
Overall
Winner
Vauxhall
Ampera
£28,995
Inc grant
40 Tbc Na 176
Exact tbc

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