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by Tim Beissmann

UK automotive website WhatGreenCar has revealed its Top 10 green cars to watch in 2010, with the top six all emitting less than 100g/km CO2.

Three sets of “Double Cs” have made energy-efficient, low-emissions cars more important in the UK than ever before: climate change, credit crunch and congestion charge.

The list includes two fully-electric vehicles, two petrol-hybrids, one plug-in hybrid and three with direct injection technology.

The site’s managing editor, Dr Ben Lane, said new car customers now have a diverse and ever-expanding range of green vehicles to choose from.

“While it may be confusing for consumers trying to choose a new car, with so many technologies on offer, there’s no doubt that manufacturers are fully engaged with the challenge of designing, and more importantly selling, greener and ultra-green cars,” he said.

WhatGreenCar’s list of the Top 10 green cars to watch in 2010 (in order of increasing CO2 emissions):

  1. Peugeot iOn electric – CO2: 0 g/km
  2. Nissan LEAF electric – CO2: 0 g/km
  3. Toyota Plug-in Prius hybrid – CO2: 59 g/km (expected)
  4. Audi A1 – CO2: <99 g/km (expected)
  5. Toyota Auris (Corolla) hybrid – CO2: <99 g/km (expected)
  6. Citroen DS3 HDi – CO2: 99 g/km (expected)
  7. Volvo S60 – CO2: 119 g/km (expected)
  8. Ford C-MAX – CO2: TBA
  9. Honda CR-Z hybrid – CO2: TBA
  10. BMW 5 Series – CO2: TBA

The full list and UK-specific details on each of the cars can be viewed at http://www.whatgreencar.com/news-item.php?Top-10-green-cars-to-watch-in-2010.

What do you think of the list? What cars would you add or remove?




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