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The Vauxhall Ampera, a vehicle that General Motors describes as Europe's only "zero range anxiety" electric, has been named the Green Car of the Year 2011 by What Car?, one of the UK's leading consumer-focused motoring magazine.

The What Car? Green Car of the year title given out at the completion of the Brighton to London eco-race at City Hall in London. The winner? The Volvo S40 DRIVe, which the company has been making since late last year. The model, which is mated to a PSA-sourced 1.6 diesel engine, has Start-Stop technology that helps the model keep emissions at 104 g/km. According to Volvo, "What Car?'s judges praised the S40 DRIVe's unique combination of low emissions, practicality, safety and driver enjoyment as

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What Car? magazine likes to call their annual Car of the Year awards the "Motoring Oscars," but without Joan River's annoying cackle, is any award like this really worth anything. Oh wait...