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Shortlist revealed for 2015 Next Green Car Awards

Written by: Neil

The Next Green Car Awards 2015 is just around the corner, and in the build up to to this fantastic event, the category shortlists have been unveiled. The award ceremony highlights some of the UK’s most sustainable models that have been released, or are set for release to the market this year and next.

Ten eventual winners from ten categories will be picked from the numerous contenders when the event takes place next Tuesday (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.

For the first time ever in the history of these awards, over half the vehicles nominated emit less than 100g/km in CO2 emissions according to the official statistics, with the average CO2 output of this year’s entrants standing at an impressively low 78 g/km.

However, there are a number of other factors that are considered when determining what makes the best green car. The judges will also examine features such as on-road capability, suitability for purpose, impact on its sector and value for money.

There are four entrants per 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

Small Family

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


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

Large Family

  • DS Automobiles DS5 1.6 BlueHDi
  • Mini Clubman Cooper D
  • Skoda Superb 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


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


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


  • 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


  • 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

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.”

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

This year’s winners will be announce on 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.