Take a list of 2,500 new cars, filter out the chaff that only the middle class can would drive and suck on the tailpipes of the left-over luxury vehicles. The one that leaves your lungs the cleanest wins the award. This year, the winner is the Jaguar XJ 2.7 Diesel.

Without a doubt, this is how the writers for the Environmental Transport Association's 2007 Car Buyers Guide selected the "greenest luxury car on Britain's roads" for 2007. While the press release (after the jump) claims the Association used a "a star-based ranking system that gives consumers an overview of any vehicle's performance against the following categories; power, carbon dioxide emissions, fuel consumption, noise and safety," I think you and I both know that that takes too long. And who doesn't have a few interns waiting around to something productive? Right?

However the XJ 2.7 Diesel was selected, let's remember it did travel 1000.2 miles on a single tank of fuel last year, getting 53.5mpg and emitting 139g/km of CO2 on the trip.

[Source: Jaguar]
THE JAGUAR XJ DIESEL NAMED AS BRITAIN'S GREENEST LUXURY CAR

Jaguar's XJ 2.7 Diesel has been named the greenest luxury car on Britain's roads in the Environmental Transport Association's 2007 Car Buyers Guide. The award, presented by television presenter Janet Ellis at the RIBS in London recognises Jaguar's commitment to delivering CO2 and fuel consumption advantages to customers with the development of its industry-leading diesel engines and application of advanced lightweight aluminium vehicle architectures.

The ETA guide lists 2,500 new cars and provides a star-based ranking system that gives consumers an overview of any vehicle's performance against the following categories; power, carbon dioxide emissions, fuel consumption, noise and safety. The XJ beat off strong competition from the Mercedes-Benz S320 and BMW 7 Series to claim this award – following in the footsteps of its stable mate, the X-TYPE, which won the category in 2006.

Managing Director of Jaguar in the UK, Geoff Cousins said: "We fully recognise our responsibility to the environment and are committed to playing our role in developing technology solutions in cars, fuels and infrastructure to address climate change – this award shows we are heading in the right direction."

This is the latest in a long line of awards for Jaguar's flagship model, which last year further demonstrated its fuel economy credentials by covering 1000.2 miles on a single tank of fuel – the average fuel consumption hitting 53.5mpg* which equates to 139g/km of CO2.

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