2010 Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion - click above to enlarge

If there's one thing green automotive journalists like, its a well-designed diesel vehicle from the Volkswagen group (just look here for proof). Given this recent history, it shouldn't be a surprise that the most efficient Golf ever was a hit in the 2010 What Car? Green Car Awards, which were awarded last night. The 1.6 TDI 105 Golf model was the overall winner and What Car? said it:
demonstrates exactly what can be achieved by improving established technology. We acknowledge the contribution made by hybrids and battery-powered cars, and we're very excited at the prospect of range extenders and hydrogen-powered vehicles, but at this point the diesel-powered Golf Bluemotion is the best green car you can buy.
That may be true, but what about cars that are coming in the near future? What Car? gave a special Editor's Award to the Renault-Nissan alliance for its work on electric vehicles. The alliance got proper credit for its leading role in the segment:
While other manufacturers are still making plans and running trials, Renault and Nissan have beaten them to the punch with proper electric cars you'll actually be able to buy and run by this time next year. You'll want one, too.
The rest of the categories and winners were:
  • Superminis: Fiat 500 1.2 Pop
  • Small family cars: Volkswagen Golf 1.6 TDI 105 Bluemotion 5dr
  • Family cars: Volkswagen Passat 1.6 TDI 105 Bluemotion
  • Executive cars: BMW 320d ED
  • MPVs: Peugeot 5008 1.6 HDi 110 Active
  • 4x4s/crossovers: Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi Visia Pure Drive 2WD
  • Sports cars: Honda CR-Z 1.5 i-VTEC Sport
  • Luxury cars: Jaguar XJ 3.0D V6 Luxury
  • Used cars: Ford Focus 1.6 TDCi 90 Style 5dr '08/08

[Source: VW, Renault, What Car?]


Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion named WHAT CAR? Green Car of the Year
Golf BlueMotion convinces through low carbon dioxide emissions

Wolfsburg, 15 July 2010 - Volkswagen's BlueMotion range of vehicles has added a further three awards – including overall Green Car of the Year – to its list of accolades, this time at the What Car? Green Awards 2010 which were presented last night at a ceremony at Twickenham Stadium in London.

The Golf BlueMotion was named best Green Small Family Car, and also beat eight other category winners to claim the overall Green Car of the Year title. The Passat BlueMotion won the Green Family Car award.

Commenting on the Golf BlueMotion, Steve Fowler, What Car?'s editor-in-chief, said: 'The Golf is a well deserved award winner: carbon dioxide emissions are a paltry 99 g/km making it exempt from road tax and its average fuel economy is 74.3 mpg. So, as well as being impressively green, the Golf is classy, well made, practical, safe, brilliant to drive and an affordable long-term investment. There surely aren't many other virtues you need?'

Collecting the award on behalf of Volkswagen was Professor Dr Stefan Gies, head of chassis development. He said: 'Ever since the first BlueMotion model was launched in 2007 our strategy for this environmental sub-brand has been to produce class-leading vehicles which are efficient, sustainable, practical, comfortable and competitively priced. This is what our customers want and all these values are encapsulated in the Golf.'

At the heart of the Golf BlueMotion is a 1.6-litre TDI common rail engine, producing 105 PS and 250 Nm of torque from just 1,500 rpm. Its remarkable economy is achieved through a package of measures which includes a Start/Stop system, low rolling resistance tyres, battery regeneration, revised gearing, a multifunction computer providing visual gear change recommendation for optimum fuel consumption and aerodynamic changes.

In April this year, the Polo, Golf and Passat BlueMotion models claimed the Green Car of the Year award at the 2010 World Car of the Year awards.

Also available from Volkswagen is a comprehensive line-up of BlueMotion Technology products which use a range of economy measures to reduce fuel consumption and emissions. Key to all BlueMotion and BlueMotion Technology vehicles, however, is that they all remain as practical, comfortable and desirable as the standard models on which they are based and are just as easy to service, repair and maintain.

For more information please visit www.volkswagen.co.uk or your local Volkswagen Retailer.


The Renault-Nissan Alliance continued its relentless electric vehicle charge last night at the third What Car? Green Awards, receiving the special Editor's Award for its pioneering role in offering practical and fun electric cars.

Renault-Nissan Alliance – introducing desirable electric vehicles

The Alliance's drive to offer zero-emission* motoring is about to begin in the shape of the new Nissan Leaf, a 5-seat full electric family car launching in key markets around the world later this year. Renault's Z.E. (Zero Emission) family of four electric vehicles follow soon after, with a compact van and city car arriving in 2011, followed by a supermini and family saloon in 2012.

"The electric car has come of age – and that's down to the Renault-Nissan Alliance," says Editor-in-chief, Steve Fowler. "While other manufacturers are still making plans and running trials, Renault and Nissan have beaten them to the punch with proper electric cars you'll actually be able to buy and run by this time next year. You'll want one, too.

"Cars such as the Nissan Leaf and Renault Fluence will change people's perceptions of electric motoring for good. The memories of small, oddball vehicles with limited space, range and safety will be history...the Renault-Nissan Alliance has made electric cars real, affordable and fun."

Collecting the award on the evening on behalf of the Alliance, Nissan's Jerry Hardcastle, Vice President, Vehicle Design and Development, acknowledged the efforts the company's engineers and technicians are currently putting into developing electric vehicle technology, as well as asking for everyone to challenge their perceptions of electric vehicles and embrace the need for change.

"I'm delighted to receive the award on behalf of the Renault-Nissan Alliance and hope this is just the first of many for our electric vehicles over the next few years. I would like to dedicate this latest trophy to the sterling work being done by our 2,000 Alliance employees worldwide in developing and launching both brands' range of electric vehicles."

*zero emissions in road use

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