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Green car highlights of 2011

Green car highlights of 2011


These are the Green-Car-Guide highlights of 2011, ranging from driving up the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed with Red Bull F1 team boss Christian Horner in an Infiniti M35 hybrid, to seeing if a 50 mpg Range Rover Evoque can still get up a mountain

April 8, 2011


Economy challenge: Can a Volvo get to Austria on one tank?

Green-Car-Guide took part in an economy challenge to see if it was possible to drive from the UK to Volvo Snowbombing, a huge music party at the ski slopes in Austria, on one tank of fuel – so did we make it…? Read the full story: Volvo V60 economy challenge

April 26, 2011


Lotus and Electric Cars

Lotus is best known for producing driver-focused sports cars, so what happens when the company combines this expertise with the development of an electric car? Read the full story: Lotus and electric cars

May 10, 2011


Lotus Elise

The Lotus Elise combines fuel economy of 45 mpg with fantastic mid-engined handling, but with its new, smaller engine, can it beat a twin-engined go-kart in a race? Read the full story: Lotus Elise road test

May 27, 2011


Michelin Challenge Bibendum 2011

The Michelin Challenge Bibendum is the world’s leading showcase of the latest green cars, so what were the highlights of this year’s event held in Berlin? Read the full story: Michelin Challenge Bibendum 2011

July 5, 2011


Infiniti M35h

Performance, luxury, efficiency and individual design; these are descriptions that are used in the marketing of many cars, but is the Infiniti M35h actually the first car that genuinely deserves all these titles? Read the full story: Infiniti M35h road test

July 6, 2011


Green Cars at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

A number of green cars made an appearance at Goodwood, in addition to the Infiniti M35 hybrid in which we went up the hill with Red Bull Racing F1 team boss Christian Horner at the wheel. Read the full story: Green cars at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

July 6, 2011


Nissan wins Green-Car-Guide Greenest Manufacturer of the Year Award

Nissan was awarded Green-Car-Guide’s Greenest Manufacturer of the Year Award for showing real commitment and leadership with the launch of the all-electric Nissan LEAF. Read the full story: Nissan wins Green-Car-Guide’s Greenest Manufacturer of the Year Award

July 14, 2011


Vauxhall Ampera

The 175 mpg Vauxhall Ampera is an electric family hatchback, but one with unlimited range thanks to the on-board petrol range-extender. Read the full story: Vauxhall Ampera road test

July 21, 2011


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

Green-Car-Guide Live! was a showcase of the latest green cars, on track and on static display, at the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power event that took place from 15-17 July 2011. Read the full story: Green-Car-Guide Live! at the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power

September 14, 2011


Green Cars at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show

These were the most important green cars at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. And what an exciting choice green motorists are about to get. Read the full story: Green cars at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show

October 3, 2011


Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4

The Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4 is the world’s first diesel-electric hybrid, and it offers four-wheel drive capability in a vehicle that emits just 99 g/km CO2 and returns 74 mpg. Read the full story: Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4 road test

October 13, 2011


RAC Green Grand Prix

The RAC Green Grand Prix was held at Silverstone on 12 October and Green-Car-Guide took part. Read the full story: RAC Green Grand Prix

October 31, 2011


Range Rover Evoque off-road test – video

Can the Range Rover Evoque make it to the top of a mountain to prove that it’s the greenest ‘real’ 4×4? Watch the video: Range Rover Evoque off-road test

November 3, 2011


BMW 520d EfficientDynamics Saloon

The BMW 520d EfficientDynamics Saloon has a combined economy figure of 62.8 mpg and emissions of just 119 g/km CO2; surely such supermini-levels of emissions mean that this must be an ‘eco-special’ with compromises? Read the full story: BMW 520d EfficientDynamics Saloon

November 7, 2011


Green-Car-Guide drive of BMW ActiveE in the RAC Future Car Challenge

Paul Clarke, Founder and Editor of, drove the BMW ActiveE in the RAC Future Car Challenge event; could we achieve a result that showed that this was one of the most efficient electric cars? Read the full story: drive of the BMW ActiveE in the RAC Future Car Challenge

November 25, 2011


Winter Tyres

What will provide the best traction up an icy hill? – a four-wheel drive car with standard tyres, or a two-wheel drive car with winter tyres? Read the full story and watch the video: Winter tyre test

December 11, 2011


MINI Coupe Cooper SD

We’re back to Clocaenog Forest yet again, this time in the MINI Coupe Cooper SD – can it really combine 65.7 mpg and fun? – and what it’s like to drive on ice? Watch the video: Ice driving in a MINI Coupe Cooper SD

Green-Car-Guide would like to wish all of our visitors a Merry Christmas, and a fun and green 2012.