For the second year running Citroën has been named ‘Car Manufacturer of The Year’ at the GreenFleet Awards, ahead of competition from runners-up Toyota and Honda.
Specifically commended for its “continuing moves to reduce the environmental impact of its vehicles”, Citroën was also named runner-up in both the ‘Green Marketing Campaign of the Year’ category, for its TV advertisements, and in the ‘LCV Manufacturer of the Year’ category.
The award comes just as the Company prepares to unveil three new vehicles at the Frankfurt Motor show, all incorporating major new Green initiatives. The C-Cactus concept features a diesel hybrid drivetrain and is able to achieve almost 100mpg on the combined cycle, the C5 Airscape is equipped with an Urban Hybrid system, while the C4 BioFlex can run on E85 Bioethanol.
But it’s the range of cars that UK motorists can buy today that has enabled Citroën to win this award. Today the company offers one of the most fuel efficient and lowest CO2 emitting product ranges around – over 40% of the company’s sales are diesel, with ultra-clean Diesel Particulate Filter Systems widely available. Importantly, the environmental benefits of these models are available at affordable prices.
No fewer than three of the top ten lowest CO2-emitting diesel cars on sale in the UK are Citroëns, while fuel-saving Stop & Start technology is available on C2 and C3 models. The Company has over 20 models with CO2 emissions of 120 g/km or less, including one of the only family cars to fall into this category – the C4. The new C-Crosser SUV is capable of almost 40mpg whilst a low 175 g/km CO2 version of the executive C6 is also offered.
The GreenFleet Awards are designed to promote ways of reducing emissions and of increasing awareness among those responsible for transport procurement, about making greener fuel and vehicle decisions. The Awards were judged by representatives from the Institute of Car Fleet Management, The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership and GreenFleet magazine.