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Green car of the year 2008


Green car of the year 2008 announced
1300 cars named and shamed

The Toyota Yaris will on Friday 13th June be named Green Car of the Year 2008 by the Environmental Transport Association. The least green car is the Dodge SRT-10 sports car. The announcements come ahead of the start of Green Transport Week (14th – 22nd June)


The Environmental Transport Association has looked at over 1300 models of car currently on sale in Britain and examined their power, emissions, fuel efficiency and even the amount of noise they produce to create the definitive guide to buying the greenest vehicle.

The Guide was first published by the ETA in 1992 in response to requests from its growing membership and has since become the environmental benchmark for the car industry and the public, championing the greenest cars in Britain.

The results are as follows:ETA Green Car Award Winner - Toyota Yaris

  • Overall Winner: Toyota Yaris
  • Overall worst: Dodge SRT-10

Category Winners:-

  • Supermini: Toyota Yaris
  • Small Family: Honda Civic Hybrid
  • Small MPV: Renault Modus
  • City: Citroën C1
  • Large Family: BMW 3 Series 320d Saloon
  • Sports: Vauxhall Tigra, MY2008 2-door Convertible
  • MPV: Peugeot 207 SW Outdoor
  • Executive: BMW 5 Series 520d Saloon
  • Off road: Toyota RAV4
  • Luxury: JAGUAR XJ 2.7L Diesel Saloon

Andrew Davis, director at the Environmental Transport Association, said: “With the increasing costs of motoring and the threat to the environment there has never been a more important time to choose greener cars.

As well as recognising the best performers, the guide ‘names and shames’ the worst offenders in terms of damage to the environment with the 8-litre-engined Dodge SRT-10 being named overall worst car.

The discrepancy between the best and worst - the greenest and the least green cars in Britain today – is striking, but the market is changing and a combination of consumer pressure alongside government leadership will result in an increasing choice of environmentally-sound cars."

“The big problem is not the Dodge SRT-10s and Lamborghinis because there are not many of them on the road,” explains Andrew Davis, director of the ETA. “The concern is that people are buying cars that are much too big for their real needs. “

The popularity of large 4x4s like the Porsche Cayenne, which is many times more damaging to the environment than for example a BMW 320d, winner in the Large Family Car category, is already on the decrease; a revised system of emissions-based road tax next year will see owners of gas guzzlers paying up to £455 per year.

Increasing numbers of people are making informed choices about cars, particularly in terms of carbon emissions and the damage caused to the environment, but research commissioned by the ETA shows eighty-four per cent of British drivers are unprepared for the radical changes to road tax rates which will see a million people pay more than double over two years. The graduated rates of vehicle excise duty in 2009 will be based on a car’s emissions, but the research reveals that only 16 per cent of people know the current tax band into which their vehicle falls.

The ETA Car Buyers’ Guide is designed as an easy way to check how much CO2 a particular car emits and as a result how much road tax it will pay. The car buyers’ guide is at

ETA Car Buyers’ Guide Results 2008

  • Overall winner: Toyota Yaris
  • Overall Runner-up: Honda Civic Hybrid
  • Overall Bottom: Dodge SRT-10
  • Overall 2nd Bottom: Lamborghini Murcielago Model Year 2007

Overall Top Ten Winners:

  • Toyota Yaris
  • Honda Civic Hybrid
  • Toyota Prius
  • Renault Modus
  • Citroën C1
  • Toyota Aygo
  • Peugeot 107
  • Renault Clio
  • Toyota Auris
  • Suzuki Swift

Overall Worst Performers:

  • Dodge SRT10 The Loser
  • Lamborghini Murcielago Model Year 2007
  • Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano
  • Ferrari 612 Scaglietti
  • Bentley Motors Arnage (from 2007 model year)
  • Bentley Motors Azure (from 2007 model year)
  • Bentley Motors Continental (from 2007 model year)
  • Ferrari F430
  • Ferrari F430 Spider
  • Aston Martin Lagonda DBS

Best and worst in category

  • City:
  • Best Citroën C1 1.0i
  • Worst Ford Street Ka 1.6i
  • Supermini:
  • Best Toyota Yaris1.4 D-4D
  • Worst Mini Convertible R52MINI Cooper S Convertible /John Cooper Works Tuning Kit
  • Small family:
  • Best Honda Civic Hybrid1.3L Petrol Electric Hybrid
  • Worst Volkswagen Golf 3.2 V6 4Motion
  • Large family:
  • Best BMW 3 Series 320d Saloon
  • Worst BMW 3 Series M series
  • Small MPV:
  • Best RENAULT Modus 1.5 dCi 86 Quickshift 5
  • Worst Mercedes-Benz Viano (639) 3.5
  • Executive:
  • Best BMW 5 Series 520d Saloon
  • Worst Mercedes-Benz M-Class (W164) Estate
  • MPV:
  • Best Peugeot 207 SW OUTDOOR1.6 HDi (90 bhp)
  • Worst Mercedes-Benz R-Class (251) R63 AMG 265 Tyres at rear
  • Off-road:
  • Best TOYOTA RAV4 2.2 D-4D 180 5 door
  • Worst Cadillac Escalade 6.2 - V8 AUT
  • Luxury:
  • Best JAGUAR XJ 2.7L Diesel Saloon
  • Worst Aston Martin Lagonda DB9
  • Sports:
  • Best Vauxhall Tigra 2-door Convertible 1.3CDTi 16v
  • Worst Dodge SRT-10 cabriolet

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The research carried out by the ETA shows that only 5 per cent of drivers know precisely how much CO2 is produced by the car they drive and a further 11 per cent know the emissions-based tax band into which it falls. Total sample size was 2,060 adults. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all British adults (aged 18+) Owners of models of the Renault Espace, Vauxhall Zafira, VW Sharan, Ford Galaxy, and others that emit more than 225g of CO2 per km will pay £430 in 2010 compared with £210 this year.

The Environmental Transport Association is a not-for-profit ethical breakdown organisation, providing carbon-neutral breakdown cover and insurance products. As well as encouraging responsible driving to reduce carbon, the ETA campaigns for sustainable transport


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