Green beamer crowned
B MW'S remarkable 320d Efficient Dynamics saloon has been crowned the Green Car of the Year by consumer magazine, What Car? at an event dominated by the German car maker.
The 320d ed, a favourite with company car drivers on account of its startling tax efficiency, also picked up the executive car award and the BMW 116d took the honours for the small family car sector.
What Car? editor-in-chief Chas Hallett says: "The BMW 320d is a truly remarkable car that delivers 56mpg in the real world, while company car users will be taxed on its low emissions of just 110g/km of CO2.
"BMW has created a car that delivers great environmental credentials without compromise, which is what consumers really want."
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James Platt, general sales manager at North Staffordshire dealer, Knights BMW, says: "We are delighted at Knights to see the new 3 Series has won another award.
"The BMW 320 ed is a great choice of car for both the consumer and business user.
"It combines driving appeal and low CO2 emissions of 109g/km, saving our customers money at the fuel pump, on tax, and fleet running costs.
"The car really has set a new benchmark for what the premium saloon can deliver.''
For the first time the What Car? Green Awards, presented in association with EDF Energy, include the findings of the What Car? True MPG programme, which offers real-world fuel economy and emissions data gathered by What Car? engineers.
The British-built Mini Cooper D is What Car?'s best green fun car for the second year.
Judges said the Mini proves it is possible to minimise impact on the planet and still have fun. For the second year running, the Ford Mondeo is the best green family car, while the new seven-seat Toyota Prius+ is named best green MPV.
SUVs are a popular choice with families who want practicality and 4x4 style, and the best green car in this segment is Mazda CX-5 2.2D Skyactiv-D 150 SE-L.
The Skoda Citigo is this year's top green supermini.
The judging panel praised its green statistics as well as its superb ride, refinement and roomy and classy interior.
This year's best alternative-fuel car is the Chevrolet Volt, a range-extender that can do 235.4mpg and emit just 27g/km of CO2.