The Next Green Car Award for the Best Supermini has gone to the Vauxhall Corsa.
Specifically it was the Vauxhall Corsa 1.0 Ecotec which snagged the award, with it's low CO2 rating of just 100 g/km.
The Next Great Car verdict was: "The new Corsa is value for money all round; its impressive new three-cylinder engine providing excellent drivability with emissions well below the zero car-tax threshold."
Vauxhall's new 1.0 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo engine fitted with Start/Stop technology as standard also boasts excellent economy: the 89bhp three-door version consumes just 54.7mpg on the combined cycle. There are also Euro 6 compliant 1.2 and 1.4-litre naturally-aspirated units with 69bhp and 89bhp.
Peter Hope, Vauxhall's Marketing Director, said: "We're delighted the Corsa has won the Next Green Car award for best supermini," "The all-new Corsa has raised the benchmark for driveability, comfort and practicality. New and improved powertrains achieving as low as 85g/km make this one of the most compelling low emission models on the market."
As noted by Dr. Ben Lane, Managing Editor of Next Green Car, added: "The 2014 winners reflect three key green car developments: the electrification of the drive-train (including fully electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids), the continuing improvements in fuel efficiency (for all fuels), and the realisation that petrols may have the environmental edge over diesels for urban use.
"While all the winners and commended entries are highly innovative in the power-train technologies they employ, they also share the objective of wanting to improve the driver experience. In the coming years, ergonomics is set to become as important as engineering in the drive to design green and efficient vehicles."
by: Becca Chaplin