Ordinary car buyers with a new car in the pipeline might find the following information quite useful: The Association of Car Fleet Operators (ACFO) has named the Golf Bluemotion as their Green Vehicle of the Year for 2011.
It seems the Golf is making of habit of winning this award - it has already done so three times before. This year the car was recognised for its brilliant fuel economy of more than 74 miles per gallon.
The Bluemotion is also the Golf with the lowest emissions. Its CO2 emission level of 99g/km easily shrugged off competition from the likes of the Nissan Leaf, the BMW 3-series, the Vauxhall EcoFlex and the Volvo V50 DRIVe.
The awards were handed out by the ACFO on Wednesday night at a function in Birmingham. At the same ceremony BMW's EfficientDynamics programme received an Environmental Initiative of the Year award.
BMW has been slowly rolling out this programme across its model range. It includes technologies such as energy recapturing, start/stop, optimum gearshift indicators and low resistance tyres.
It was Ford, however, that came out tops in the fleet-focused awards. The blue oval brand won four out of the seven categories. The Ford Transit won the Small Van of the Year award and the Ford Focus was the winner in the Fleet Car of the Year category.
The ACFO awards ceremony has been a prestigious event in motoring fleet circles for 28 years. Voting by ACFO members takes place online. Membership includes many high profile fleet management companies as well as a number of small independent fleet owners.
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