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Next Green Car Awards 2015 Shortlist Announced

By Maddy Price
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 14:30

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Today sees the announcement of the shortlist for the Next Green Car Awards 2015, which recognises the UK’s best green cars for 2015 and 2016. From the shortlist featuring 44 different models competing across 10 categories, the winners of the Next Green Car Awards 2015 will be announced on Tuesday 24th November.

As the UK’s No.1 green car website, Next Green Car has drawn up a shortlist of the highest-quality low-emission new cars which have been launched in 2015. To qualify, models must be commercially available to purchase or order during the year. The ‘Next Gen’ Award also highlights innovative models planned for launch in 2016.

Selection is driven by Next Green Car’s unique NGC Rating which rates the environmental impact of all new cars on the market. This is considered alongside other factors including capability, suitability for purpose, impact on its sector and value for money to decide which models are shortlisted for an award.

The NGC Rating looks at the environmental impact of each model including CO2 emissions, MPG, NOx and particulate emissions throughout the whole of a car’s life cycle. With the current focus on emissions testing, the recently updated NGC Rating 2.0 has taken on a more significant role than ever in assessing the real-world impacts of CO2 and NOx.

This year, more than half of the models on the Next Green Car Awards 2015 shortlist emit less than 100 g/km tailpipe CO2 (official combined). Of those, seven are plug-in hybrids, reflecting the recent increase in models available and their popularity with customers, and three are pure-electric with zero emissions. Taken together, the average CO2 figure of the Awards 2015 shortlist is just 78 g/km.

At the launch of the shortlist, Ben Lane, Managing Editor at Next Green Car commented: “The 2015 Awards shortlist demonstrates the broad range of low emission models on the UK market. Particularly encouraging is the growing number of plug-in vehicles across no less than seven of the 10 categories; a sure sign than the EV revolution is continuing apace.”

Melanie Shufflebotham, Sales and Marketing Director at Next Green Car added: “Understanding real-world vehicle emissions and the impact on air quality and climate change is becoming increasingly important to car buyers. The Next Green Car Awards offer an independent assessment of the best new cars on the market, and, coupled with the NGC Rating and the suite of Next Green Car tools, help car buyers make good choices when looking for a more economical and lower emission car.”

Listed by category and alphabetically by manufacturer, the Next Green Car Awards 2015 shortlist is as follows:

City Car shortlist 2015

  • Fiat 500 0.9 TwinAir – 90 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 29
  • Smart fortwo 1.0 – 93 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 30
  • Suzuki Celerio 1.0 Dualjet- 84 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 27*
  • Vauxhall Viva 1.0 ecoFlex – 99 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 32

Supermini shortlist 2015

  • Mazda 2 1.5 Skyactiv-D- 89 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 30
  • Peugeot 208 1.6 BlueHDi – 79 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 27
  • Seat Ibiza 1.4 TDI – 88 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 31
  • Vauxhall Corsa 1.3 CDTi ecoFlex – 85 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 31*

Small Family shortlist 2015

  • Nissan Leaf 30kWh – 0 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 28
  • Vauxhall Astra 1.6 CDTi ecoFlex- 82 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 30*
  • Volkswagen Golf Bluemotion 1.0 TSI – 99 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 33
  • Volkswagen Golf GTE – 39 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 34

Large Family shortlist 2015

  • DS Automobiles DS5 1.6 BlueHDi – 104 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 35
  • Mini Clubman Cooper D- 109 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 37
  • Skoda Superb 1.6 TDI – 105 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 36
  • Volkswagen Passat GTE – 39 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating TBC**

Estate shortlist 2015

  • Audi A4 Avant 2.0 TDI ultra – 104 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 37*
  • BMW 3-Series Touring 330d ED Plus – 104 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 36
  • Skoda Superb Estate 1.6 TDI – 105 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 37
  • Volkswagen Passat GTE – 39 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating TBC**

MPV shortlist 2015

  • Ford C-Max 1.5 TDCi – 105 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 36
  • Ford S-Max 2.0 Duratorq TDCi- 129 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 43
  • Nissan e-NV200 Combi – 0 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 30
  • Volkswagen Touran 1.6 TDI – 111 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 39*

Crossover shortlist 2015

  • Fiat 500X 1.6 MultiJet II – 109 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 38
  • Honda HR-V 1.6 i-DTEC- 108 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 37*
  • Mazda CX-3 1.5 Skyactiv-D – 105 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 35
  • Renault Kadjar 1.5 dCi- 99 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 35

SUV shortlist 2015

  • BMW X1 sDrive18d – 109 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 38
  • Hyundai Tuscon 1.7 DRCi – 119 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 39
  • Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – 42 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 38*
  • Volvo XC90 T8 TwinEngine – 49 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 53*

Executive shortlist 2015

  • Audi A4 2.0 TDI ultra – 99 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 35
  • BMW 3-Series 320 ED Plus – 99 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 35
  • Jaguar XE 2.0d – 99 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 36
  • Mercedes Benz C-Class C350e – 48 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 37

Next Gen shortlist 2015

  • BMW 330e PHEV – NGC Rating**
  • Tesla Model X EV – NGC Rating**
  • Honda Clarity FCV – NGC Rating**
  • Toyota Prius Hybrid – NGC Rating**

* NGC Rating estimated
** NGC Rating to be confirmed

The 10 winners of the Next Green Car Awards 2015 will be announced on Tuesday 24th November 2015. For information about the Next Green Car Awards, and the 2015 Award Winners, visit:www.nextgreencar.com/awards-2015/

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