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Toyota Yaris picks up ‘green car’ accolade

Supermini triumphs in environmental awards

The Toyota Yaris has triumphed over 1,300 other models to be named ‘Green Car of the Year’ for 2008 by the Environmental Transport Association (ETA).

But the green car awards brought bad news for the Dodge SRT-10 sports car, which the ETA said is the least green car.

The ETA looked at the power, emissions, fuel efficiency and even the amount of noise produced by over 1,300 models of car currently on sale in Britain.

The Toyota Yaris was the overall winner and also triumphed in the supermini category.

Honda Civic Hybrid

The ETA rated the Honda Civic Hybrid as the best in the small family car category, while the Renault Modus came out on top in the small MPV class.

Other winners included the Citroën C1 (city car), the BMW 3 Series 320d Saloon (large family car) and the Vauxhall Tigra, MY2008 2-door convertible (sportscar).

The greenest MPV – according to the ETA – is the Peugeot 207 SW Outdoor, while the Toyota RAV4 topped the off-road class.

Finally, the most eco-friendly executive car is the BMW 5 Series 520d Saloon, while the Jaguar XJ 2.7L diesel saloon topped the luxury class.

Road tax

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.’

The ETA says that increasing numbers of motorists are making informed choices about cars, particularly in terms of carbon emissions and the damage caused to the environment.

But it says its own research shows that 84% of British drivers are still 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 ETA says only 16% of people know the current tax band into which their vehicle falls.

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