29 June 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Polo BlueMotion makes WhatGreenCar Car of the Year 2010 shortlist

The latest version of the Polo BlueMotion has been shortlisted for the WhatGreenCar Car of the Year 2010 award, which the organisers claim is the most scientifically-based green car prize in the UK. Now in its third year, WhatGreenCar uses unique ratings to rank the greenest new cars to come to market, and shortlisted cars are rated for environmental impact, value, driving experience and design.

To be eligible for the award, new models must be commercially available for purchase direct from the manufacturer or order in the UK during 2010. City cars, superminis, small family cars, large family cars, MPVs, executive and sports classes form the initial selection. The judging and test drives of the 10 shortlisted cars takes place on Wednesday 30 June at Imperial College, London, a university specialising in technological innovation. This makes it an ideal place for the judges to assess the final line-up. The overall winner of the WhatGreenCar Car of the Year 2010 awards will be announced on Thursday 1 July.

The 10 cars shortlisted for the WhatGreenCar Car of the Year 2010 award are as follows:

  • BMW 320d EfficientDynamics; WGC rating 31; CO2: 109g/km
  • Citroen DS3 1.6 HDi; WGC rating: 29; CO2: 99g/km
  • Honda CR-Z hybrid; WGC rating: TBC; CO2: 117g/km
  • Kia Venga 1.4 CRDi; WGC rating: 33; CO2: 117g/km
  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV 47kW synchronous/Li-ion; WGC rating: 10; CO2: 0g/km
  • SEATt Leon 1.6 TDI Ecomotive; WGC rating: 28; CO2: 99g/km
  • Toyota Auris hybrid; WGC rating: TBC; CO2: 89g/km
  • Vauxhall Corsa 1.3 CDTi ecoFLEX; WGC rating: 29; CO2: 98g/km
  • Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TDI BlueMotion; WGC rating: 26; CO2: 89g/km
  • Volvo C30 1.6D DRIVe; WGC rating 29; CO2: 99g/km

(Note: WGC rating = WhatGreenCar rating)

Edit, 1 July 2010: WhatGreenCar have awarded the Toyota Auris Hybrid its Car of the Year 2010 prize, ahead of the SEAT Leon 1.6 TDI Ecomotive, the BMW 320d EfficientDynamics and the Citroen DS3 1.6 HDi. A missed opportunity we think, as the Polo BlueMotion makes use of existing technology to get the ideal pairing of low emissions and high miles per gallon, while Toyota reportedly uses more harmful environmental processes to manufacture the NiMH battery packs for both the Prius and Auris Hybrid – coincidentally launched today – while posting similar CO2 and mpg values.

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