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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
Winner REVA G-Wiz electric
Runner-up NICE Mega City electric
Supermini
Winner VAUXHALL Corsa 1.3 CDTi diesel manual
Runner-up TOYOTA Yaris 1.4 D-4D Manual diesel manual
Small family
Winner HONDA Civic Hybrid petrol/electric hybrid
Runner-up TOYOTA Prius petrol/electric hybrid
Large family
Winner MAZDA 6 2.0 4/5 Door Diesel diesel manual
Runner-up VOLVO S40 1.6 Diesel diesel manual
Small MPV
Winner RENAULT Modus 1.2 16V VVT petrol auto
Runner-up FORD Focus C-Max 1.6 Duratorq 109PS diesel manual
Executive
Winner MERCEDES-BENZ E320 225 W211 diesel auto
Runner-up HYUNDAI Sonata 2.0 CRTD Manual diesel manual
MPV
Winner SKODA Roomster 1.4 TDI PD 70bhp diesel manual
Runner-up FORD Galaxy 1.8 Duratorq 100PS diesel manual
Off-road
Winner TOYOTA RAV4 5 Door diesel manual
Runner-up FIAT Sedici 1.6 petrol manual
Luxury
Winner JAGUAR XJ 2.7 diesel auto
Runner-up MERCEDES-BENZ S320 W220 diesel auto
Sports
Winner VAUXHALL Tigra 1.3 diesel manual
Runner-up SMART Roadster 80bph 205 tyres petrol auto
Innovation Winner
Winner SAAB Bio Power Flex-Fuel Technology
Runner-up MAZDA Paint Process
Worst performers
Overall
Worst overall Lamborghini Diablo Roadster petrol manual
Second worst Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster petrol manual
City
Worst overall Ford Ka 1.6 Duratec Sportka petrol manual
Second worst Volkswagen Fox 1.4 petrol manual
Supermini
Worst overall Mini R52 Cooper S Convertible Automatic petrol auto
Second worst Peugeot 206 2.0 GTI petrol manual
Small family
Worst overall Audi A3 Sportsback S line 3.2 Quattro QM6 petrol manual
Second worst Volkswagen Golf R2 V6 Manual 5 Door petrol manual
Large family
Worst overall BMW 3 Series M3 Convertible SMG petrol manual
Second worst Volkswagen Passat W8 QMS Estate petrol manual
Small MPV
Worst overall Mercedes Benz Viano 3.5 Low Roof petrol auto
Second worst Vauxhall Zafira 2.0i 16v Turbo VXR petrol manual
Executive
Worst overall BMW 5 Series M5 petrol manual
Second worst Mercedes Benz CLS AMG petrol auto
MPV
Worst overall Cadillac SRX 3.6 petrol auto
Second worst Audi Allroad 4.2 petrol auto
Off-road
Worst overall Porsche Cayenne S Manual petrol auto
Second worst Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.71 petrol auto
Luxury
Worst overall Bentley Azure petrol auto
Second worst Bentley Arnage RL petrol auto
Sports
Worst overall Lamborghini Diablo Roadster petrol manual
Second worst Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster petrol manual