The Volvo S40 1.6D
DRIVe featuring the new Start/Stop technology has scooped the top honour
and been named Green Car of the Year at the prestigious 2009 What Car?
Green Car Awards.
The Volvo S40 DRIVe beat the BMW 118d and the Renault
Megane to the top spot in the Small Family category and then stormed
ahead to achieve victory over all the other category winners, including
the Audi A8 and MINI Cooper S, to be awarded the prestigious overall
What Car? Green Car of the Year title.
exceptionally low CO2 emissions of just 104g/km and returning
up to 72.4 mpg on the combined cycle, What Car?'s judges praised the S40
DRIVe's unique combination of low emissions, practicality, safety and
driver enjoyment as key reasons for the win.
overall What Car? Green Car of the Year title was handed to Stuart Kerr,
Regional President of Europe, Volvo Car Corporation by the Mayor of
London, Boris Johnson and Steve Fowler, editor of What Car? The category
win for the What Car? Green Small Family Car of the Year was presented
to Volvo Car UK’s Managing Director, Peter Rask.
Steve Fowler, What
Car’s editor, heaped praise on the car. He said: “Volvo’s S40 DRIVe is
one seriously appealing eco-friendly car. Its low emissions don’t come
at the expense of quality, safety or driver enjoyment and it’s great
value, too. It’s everything we look for in a Green Car of the Year.”
Upon receiving the
award, Stuart Kerr said: “Volvo has a strong commitment to its
environmental activities and we have worked hard to reduce the carbon
footprint on all our cars by focusing on health, resource utilisation
and the ecological consequences right through from production, use to
"The recent launch
of the DRIVe range enables Volvo to offer mid-sized cars with the same
fuel consumption and CO2 emissions as competitor's small
cars. For customers, this means that they don't have to compromise on
anything when they choose a Volvo. This highly important award is
recognition of Volvo's desire to build the most fuel efficient cars
possible," he concluded.