ETA Green Car Awards

The Honda Civic Hybrid won the top award for the second year running at the Environmental Transport Association (ETA) 2007 Car Buyers’ Guide Awards, winning the overall award as well as the award in its own Small Family Car category.

Vauxhall won the supermini category with its Corsa 1.3 CDTi, also overall runner-up and the Toyota RAV4 5 Door diesel manual rates as the greenest off-road vehicle in Britain. In the Luxury car category the Jaguar XJ 2.7 diesel auto wins again as the greenest choice. The Car Buyers’ Guide highlights winners and losers in a range of categories, rated in terms of power (engine capacity), CO2 emissions, fuel consumption, noise and finally safety (impact on pedestrians).

The Guide also ‘names and shames’ the worst offenders in terms of damage to the environment with Lamborghini taking the double with its Diablo Roadster as worst offender for the third year running, and the brand new Murcielago Roadster, listed as the second worst offender.

“The big problem is not the Lamborghinis because there are not many of them on the road,” explains Andrew Davis, director of the ETA. “The issue is that people are still buying cars that are much too big for their real needs. Large off-roaders, like the Jeep Cherokee or the Porsche Cayenne, highlighted as the worst Off-road cars are three times as damaging to the environment as, for example, a Mazda 6, winner in the Large Family Car category. But with congestion charging and even parking charges relating to CO2 emissions the number of off-roaders being purchased during the last year has already declined by 15%.”

“We know that increasing numbers of people want to make informed choices about cars particularly in terms of carbon emissions and the damage caused to the environment,” explains Andrew Davis. “It is not surprising that the winner this year is again the Honda Civic Hybrid. What is more striking is the huge range between the best and worst – the greenest and the least green cars in Britain today. Manufacturers don’t make cars that consumers won’t buy. It needs consumer pressure alongside government leadership to help persuade manufacturers to allow us the choice to buy cars that are more environmentally sound.”

For the first time this year the ETA has introduced an Innovation Award in order to champion a motor manufacturer that has demonstrated environmental innovation through a new product, or project, or in its production processes. The winner for this first award is Saab for its Bio Power Flex-Fuel Technology. Saab has developed the first production car that runs on E85 bio fuel.

The ETA is the provider of Britain’s only climate neutral automotive breakdown service,
ETA Car Buyers’ Guide Results 2007

Overall winner

Honda Civic Hybrid

Overall Runner-up

Vauxhall Corsa 1.3 CDTi

Innovation Winner

Saab for its Bio Power Flex-Fuel Technology

Overall Bottom

Lamborghini Diablo Roadster

Overall 2nd Bottom

Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster

Overall Top Ten Winners

1. Honda Civic Hybrid
2. Vauxhall Corsa 1.3 CDTi
3. Toyota Yaris 1.4 D-4D Manual
4. Renault Modus 1.2 16V VVT
5. Daihatsu Sirion M300
6. Citroen C1 1.1
7. Toyota Aygo 1.0 Manual
8. Peugeot 107 Manual
9. Daihatsu Charade Manual
10. Fiat Panda 1.3

Overall Worst Performers

1. Lamborghini Diablo Roadster
2. Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster
3. Ferrari Superamerica
4. Ferrari Scagliatti
5. Bentley Azure
6. Bentley Arnage RL
7. Aston Martin Vanquish
8. Aston Martin DB9 Manual
9. Bentley Continental Flying Spur
10. Ferrari Spider

Category Winners and Runners-up
City
WinnerREVA G-Wizelectric
Runner-upNICE Mega Cityelectric
Supermini
WinnerVAUXHALL Corsa 1.3 CDTidiesel manual
Runner-upTOYOTA Yaris 1.4 D-4D Manualdiesel manual
Small family
WinnerHONDA Civic Hybridpetrol/electric hybrid
Runner-upTOYOTA Priuspetrol/electric hybrid
Large family
WinnerMAZDA 6 2.0 4/5 Door Dieseldiesel manual
Runner-upVOLVO S40 1.6 Dieseldiesel manual
Small MPV
WinnerRENAULT Modus 1.2 16V VVTpetrol auto
Runner-upFORD Focus C-Max 1.6 Duratorq 109PSdiesel manual
Executive
WinnerMERCEDES-BENZ E320 225 W211diesel auto
Runner-upHYUNDAI Sonata 2.0 CRTD Manualdiesel manual
MPV
WinnerSKODA Roomster 1.4 TDI PD 70bhpdiesel manual
Runner-upFORD Galaxy 1.8 Duratorq 100PSdiesel manual
Off-road
WinnerTOYOTA RAV4 5 Doordiesel manual
Runner-upFIAT Sedici 1.6petrol manual
Luxury
WinnerJAGUAR XJ 2.7diesel auto
Runner-upMERCEDES-BENZ S320 W220diesel auto
Sports
WinnerVAUXHALL Tigra 1.3diesel manual
Runner-upSMART Roadster 80bph 205 tyrespetrol auto
Innovation Winner
WinnerSAABBio Power Flex-Fuel Technology
Runner-upMAZDAPaint Process
Worst performers
Overall
Worst overallLamborghini Diablo Roadsterpetrol manual
Second worstLamborghini Murcielago Roadsterpetrol manual
City
Worst overallFord Ka 1.6 Duratec Sportkapetrol manual
Second worstVolkswagen Fox 1.4petrol manual
Supermini
Worst overallMini R52 Cooper S Convertible Automaticpetrol auto
Second worstPeugeot 206 2.0 GTIpetrol manual
Small family
Worst overallAudi A3 Sportsback S line 3.2 Quattro QM6petrol manual
Second worstVolkswagen Golf R2 V6 Manual 5 Doorpetrol manual
Large family
Worst overallBMW 3 Series M3 Convertible SMGpetrol manual
Second worstVolkswagen Passat W8 QMS Estatepetrol manual
Small MPV
Worst overallMercedes Benz Viano 3.5 Low Roofpetrol auto
Second worstVauxhall Zafira 2.0i 16v Turbo VXRpetrol manual
Executive
Worst overallBMW 5 Series M5petrol manual
Second worstMercedes Benz CLS AMGpetrol auto
MPV
Worst overallCadillac SRX 3.6petrol auto
Second worstAudi Allroad 4.2petrol auto
Off-road
Worst overallPorsche Cayenne S Manualpetrol auto
Second worstJeep Grand Cherokee 5.71petrol auto
Luxury
Worst overallBentley Azurepetrol auto
Second worstBentley Arnage RLpetrol auto
Sports
Worst overallLamborghini Diablo Roadsterpetrol manual
Second worstLamborghini Murcielago Roadsterpetrol manual