By Denna Bowman
The new Volvo S40 DRIVe has been crowned Green Car of the Year at the What Car Green Awards, held in association with Michelin tyres and Warranty Direct.
It beat 23 other contenders to take the top accolade, in categories ranging from best green supermini to best green sports car.
Michelin tyres head of communications, Peter Snelling, said: “As the market leader in the development of energy-efficient tyres we are constantly working to reduce the environmental impact of our tyres.
“This is reflected in our sponsorship of these awards and can be seen by the high number of homologations we have with mainstream car manufacturers for our latest Energy Saver tyre, including the winning Volvo S40 DRIVe.”
What Car’s editor, Steve Fowler, said: “The S40 is a great example of a car maker cleverly refining existing technologies to make a seriously green car. It’s not just about a low CO2 figure, though: the S40 is great to drive, safe, has enough space for the family and, crucially, is cheap to run, too.”
He added: “Green issues are still a hot topic, but it’s fair to say that they are not right at the top of car buyers’ priorities at the moment. It’s just as well then, that green cars will save you plenty of cash at the fuel pumps and will likely be worth more than other cars when you come to sell – two things that are massively important right now.”
For the second year running, the British-built MINI Cooper S picked up the award for the greenest sports car, and the BMW 318d was named best green executive car.