Shortlist revealed for Next Green Car Awards

Written by: Callie

Posted on November 13, 2015

Shortlist revealed for Next Green Car Awards

The shortlist for the Next Green Car Awards 2015 has been unveiled, which highlights some of the UK's most sustainable models that have come and are coming to the market this year and next.

Dozens of vehicles have made it on to this year's shortlist, with ten categories and ten eventual winners to be named later this month (November 24th).

Examining the best low-emission vehicles currently on the market and in the development pipeline, the awards showcase the innovation and ambition of manufacturers across the globe in delivering new and sustainable vehicles for the benefit of all.

This year also entails a significant milestone for Next Green Car, as more than half of the vehicles shortlisted for accolades emit less than 100 g/km in CO2 emissions according to official statistics – the first time this has been the case in the history of the awards.

Overall, the average CO2 output of this year's entrants stands at an impressively low 78 g/km.

However, it is not just the level of emissions that has been taken into account when analysing the best green releases and models on the market at present, as the judges are also examining such factors as on-road capability, suitability for purpose, impact on its sector and value for money.

With four entrants in each category, this year's shortlist in full is:

City Car

  • Fiat 500 0.9 TwinAir
  • Smart fortwo 1.0
  • Suzuki Celerio 1.0 Dualjet
  • Vauxhall Viva 1.0 ecoFlex


  • Mazda 2 1.5 Skyactiv-D
  • Peugeot 208 1.6 BlueHDi
  • Seat Ibiza 1.4 TDI
  • Vauxhall Corsa 1.3 CDTi ecoFlex

Small Family

  • Nissan Leaf 30kWh
  • Vauxhall Astra 1.6 CDTi ecoFlex
  • Volkswagen Golf Bluemotion 1.0 TSI
  • Volkswagen Golf GTE

Large Family

  • DS Automobiles DS5 1.6 BlueHDi
  • Mini Clubman Cooper D
  • Skoda Superb 1.6 TDI
  • Volkswagen Passat GTE


  • Audi A4 Avant 2.0 TDI ultra
  • BMW 3-Series Touring 330d ED Plus
  • Skoda Superb Estate 1.6 TDI
  • Volkswagen Passat GTE


  • Ford C-Max 1.5 TDCi
  • Ford S-Max 2.0 Duratorq TDCi
  • Nissan e-NV200 Combi
  • Volkswagen Touran 1.6 TDI


  • Fiat 500X 1.6 MultiJet II
  • Honda HR-V 1.6 i-DTEC
  • Mazda CX-3 1.5 Skyactiv-D
  • Renault Kadjar 1.5 dCi


  • BMW X1 sDrive18d
  • Hyundai Tuscon 1.7 DRCi
  • Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
  • Volvo XC90 T8 TwinEngine


  • Audi A4 2.0 TDI ultra
  • BMW 3-Series 320 ED Plus
  • Jaguar XE 2.0d
  • Mercedes Benz C-Class C350e

Next Gen

  • BMW 330e PHEV
  • Tesla Model X EV
  • Honda Clarity FCV
  • Toyota Prius Hybrid

Ben Lane, managing editor at Next Green Car, commented: "The 2015 Awards shortlist demonstrates the broad range of low emission models on the UK market. Particularly encouraging is the growing number of plug-in vehicles across no less than seven of the ten categories; a sure sign that the electric vehicle revolution is continuing apace."

Indeed, a total of seven models this year hail from the plug-in segment, while a further three are full-electric in their drivetrain (with zero emissions as a result).

Melanie Shufflebotham, sales and marketing director at Next Green Car, added: "Understanding real-world vehicle emissions and the impact on air quality and climate change is becoming increasingly important to car buyers.

"The Next Green Car Awards offer an independent assessment of the best new cars on the market, and, coupled with the NGC Rating and the suite of Next Green Car tools, help car buyers make good choices when looking for a more economical and lower emission car."

This year's winners will be unveiled via the Next Green Car website later this month, with the awards now a respected measure of the growing popularity and importance of the low-emission vehicle sector to both fleet and public buyers across the UK.


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This story was posted by Daniel Crosby, Assistant Marketing Executive at the Fuel Card Group.