Vauxhall Ampera scoops Green Car Award

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Vauxhall Ampera scoops Green Car Award

What Car? has named the Vauxhall Ampera as its Green Car of the Year 2011. The Ampera was also top alternative-fuel car.

What Car? editor-in-chief Chas Hallett said: 'The Vauxhall Ampera represents a massive step for alternative-fuel cars.

'It offers all the benefits of owning an electric vehicle with virtually none of the drawbacks. It gives motorists the ability to dramatically reduce their emissions without changing their lifestyle, which is exactly what green cars need to do.'

The Kia Picanto 1.0 1 Air is this year's top green supermini, while the award for best green small family car went to Volkswagen for the Golf Bluemotion.

Ford's Mondeo picked up the green family car prize, and the BMW 3 Series 318d was named best green executive car. Renault's Scenic picked up the award for best green MPV.

SUVs continue to be popular with consumers, and the green SUV award went to Peugeot for the 3008 2.0 HDi Hybrid4, the world's first production diesel hybrid.

The British-built Mini 1.6D Cooper picked up the fun car award, and in the process proved that being green doesnt mean waving goodbye to driving enjoyment.