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Green-Car-Guide Live! at the 2011 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power


Green-Car-Guide Live!
is a showcase of the latest green cars, on track and on static display at the
Cholmondeley Pageant of Power
event taking place from 15-17 July 2011.


This is a unique opportunity to see cars in the metal that appear on, that will save you money on fuel, and on road tax and company car tax thanks to their low CO2 emissions. Vehicles will be on display that can achieve over 70 miles per gallon, as well as cars that don’t need any petrol or diesel at all – because they are electric.


Here are the cars that are on display in the Green-Car-Guide Live! concourse, situated in the Paddock Enclosure, and on the track.




(Racing Competition), based on the all-electric Nissan LEAF, will be another unique attraction on the Pageant circuit. First shown at the New York auto show, this will only be the second time it has been driven in public in the UK. It is Nissan’s first electric prototype race car, developed by NISMO (Nissan Motorsport International Co., Ltd.) in Japan, and the first in a development phase leading up to a possible race series.


Nissan LEAF



The production all-electric
Nissan LEAF
hatchback will be on show in the Green-Car-Guide Live! concourse. The LEAF costs less than £2 to fully charge, which gives a potential range of over 100 miles – this compares to well over £10 for the fuel for an average petrol or diesel vehicle for this distance. The LEAF is also exempt from road tax and company car tax, and enjoys a £5000 government discount on its purchase price.


Nissan Juke



Nissan Juke
is a ‘crossover’ with dynamic, modern styling that looks like no other car on the road. The 1.6-litre DIG-T model has a turbocharged petrol engine and is one of the most economical petrol-powered cars with all-wheel drive that you can buy – and it’s also great to drive. There will also be a Juke putting on a special ‘stunt’ display on the track.


Nissan Micra


The brand new
Nissan Micra DIG-S
, with its efficient, supercharged three-cylinder petrol engine, emits just 95 g/km CO2 and achieves 68.9 mpg in base model form – and all for an affordable price.


Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion



Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion
is an extremely refined family hatchback, yet it can also achieve 74.3 mpg – with no compromises in the driving experience.


Volkswagen Golf 1.2 TSI



If you prefer petrol rather than diesel power in your family hatchback, then thanks to the wonders of modern ‘downsized’ engine technology, there’s now a
Volkswagen Golf 1.2 TSI
, which can return 51.4 mpg.


BMW 520d EfficientDynamics




The BMW 520d EfficientDynamics Saloon follows on from the success of the 320d EfficientDynamics model and is BMW’s most efficient 5 Series ever. The 520d EfficientDynamics boasts 184hp and achieves 0-62mph in just 8.2 seconds, but can delivery 62.8 mpg on the combined cycle and emits just 119 g/km of CO2. This saloon sets a new benchmark for fuel consumption and CO2 in its class and is the perfect choice for company car and retail buyers alike. The 520d EfficientDynamics arrives in September but will make one of its first public appearances at Green-Car-Guide Live!


MINI Cooper D


A MINI, with its ‘go-kart handling’, is one of the most fun cars you can drive, but also one of the most efficient – in
Cooper D
form it returns 74.3 mpg along with just 99 g/km CO2 emissions.


Lexus CT200h


The new
Lexus CT 200h
delivers low CO2 emissions of just 94 g/km and combined cycle fuel economy of 68.9 mpg. Thanks to the efficiency of its full hybrid powertrain, the all-new hatchback outperforms all of its small luxury car rivals, none of which achieve a sub-100 g/km figure.


Jaguar XF


Just to prove that efficient cars exist in all categories of vehicles, the new
XF 2.2-litre diesel
can manage 52.3 mpg, with sub-150 g/km CO2 emissions – yet it still has 190 PS of power on tap and a top speed of 140 mph.


Oaktec Honda Insight & Civic hybrid rally cars


Oaktec Honda Insight hybrid rally car
was proving increasingly successful in the Formula 1000 rally championship – so successful in fact, it has recently been banned because it was winning too often. As well as winning rallies, it also won a fuel economy competition, returning 82 mpg. See the Insight on the rally circuit and the Civic in the Green-Car-Guide Live! concourse.


The competition on the track

Aside from green cars, the main racing action on the track will be the unmissable highlight of the event. A number of vehicles will be competing for the fastest lap, including a Lamborghini Gallardo
, which posted the best time in 2010, but this year it will be up against machinery such as a Bentley Continental
, Ariel V8 Atom
, Jaguar XKR-S
, and a Spyker
. Other vehicles likely to be competing include the McLaren MP4
, Noble M600
, Nissan GT-R
and Subaru Impreza
(the Impreza may be seen as an underdog in this company, but it will be fresh from its production car lap record at the TT Races). Or will the brand new BAC Mono
, with 520 bhp per tonne, smash the lap record?


Paul Clarke, founder of, says “With such a range of incredible machinery, The Pageant of Power is one of the most entertaining events for families. We wanted to show visitors that their everyday transport can achieve over 70 mpg in the case of the Volkswagen BlueMotion range, or that their vehicle could function without any petrol or diesel at all in the case of the all-electric Nissan LEAF. We will also have a number of vehicles that may provide even more of a surprise, such as the Infiniti M35h, and hybrid rally cars.”

Book tickets now

The Pageant is located in the Cholmondeley Estate
in Cheshire
, and was created to celebrate power and performance in its many forms.  Winning the Best Tourist Event in Cheshire, and drawing in more than 50,000 visitors in 2010, the Pageant of Power has fast gained a reputation that makes early booking essential. Ticket booking details
and further event information can be found at
and or by calling the ticket hotline on 01829 772 432.  Further information on Green-Car-Guide Live! can be found at


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location map for Cholmondeley Castle



Pageant of Power Press Day – Nissan LEAF shocks the competitors


A press preview day took place at Cholmondeley on 14 June in advance of the Pageant of Power event. All sorts of exotic machinery was on display in order to give a taste for the sort of vehicles that will be competing in the actual event, and to represent Green-Car-Guide Live! we took along an all-electric Nissan LEAF. We took a number of drivers of the other competing cars around the track in the LEAF and they were amazed at the performance of the completely standard electric family hatchback. Thanks to the all-electric drive, there is 100% torque available instantly, from standstill. This resulted in acceleration off the start line, even with four adults in the LEAF, that shocked many of the passengers. And the LEAF even handled itself well through the corners, thanks to a very low centre of gravity. Here’s what the LEAF got up to at the Pageant preview day. Thanks to Garry Charnock and Ashton Hayes for being able to run-in their brand new LEAF for them, for more information see:









Here’s a preview of some of the other exciting vehicles that you can expect at the Pageant of Power…



















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