Peugeot Win City Car Manufacturer of the Year Award at the Green Fleet Awards
French car maker Peugeot has won yet another key accolade, being voted as “effectively” the best manufacturer of sub 120g/km cars, by outright winning the “City Car Manufacturer of the Year” award and demonstrating that across the range, they are leading the field in low Co2 emissions. Peugeot were also specially commended in the Fleet Car Manufacturer of the year category, contested by Volvo, Mercedes Benz and eventual winner BMW.
The GreenFleet Awards were held in London on 11th October and exists to recognise the achievements of organisations that strive to reduce the environmental impact of transport.
The Peugeot 208 has been in big demand, with over 15,000 orders in just 3 months. The 208, is lighter and smaller than its predecessor, and brings new levels of low CO2. Every diesel model is now below 99g/km and from 87g/km. Even the petrol models, with new 3-cylinder engines feature CO2 from 99g/km. Four of the five diesel engines are equipped with the latest Stop and Start technology, which uses a reverse polarity alternator/generator to produce seamless re-starting and reduce fuel wastage.
Citroen, Mini, VW & Fiat were all commended, so it’s well done Peugeot and a well deserved victory
City Cars are classified as cars with tailpipe CO2 emissions of less than 120 g/km
Of interest, at a recent GreenFleet event in bonnie Scotland, eight identical Peugeot 208’s were driven by drivers who were not especially trained in saving fuel, in fact, they were referred to as “eco-Virgins” and were picked from local councils and asked to drive over a set 50 mile urban route. Every car exceeded the officially declared Peugeot urban drive cycle figure of 62.8mpg and that’s amazing, whilst a couple from East Lothian council achieved a massive 73.6mpg and the figures were confirmed via the use of telematics in the vehicles.
So, there we have it, the Peugeot 208 might have the worst and frankly least inspirational TV advert with a partly naked fat bloke following a 208 driver around, but its undeniable that the pretty little French hatchback does exactly what it says on the tin (unlike so many cars we test).