Vauxhall Vectra Dualfuel Takes Business Car Green Award

Vauxhall’s dualfuel range, the widest in the UK, continues to collect awards for its environmental – and financial – friendliness.

The new Vectra Dualfuel has been awarded the BP GreenFleet Business Car of the Year 2003. The car was one of 10 vehicles nominated for the award by GreenFleet journal.

"That the Vectra came out on top in a vote by attendees of the BP GreenFleet Awards presentation evening is proof of its broad appeal, sound environmental credentials and business suitability," said publisher Ralph Scrivens.

Vauxhall’s dualfuel range now encompasses Corsa, Astra, Astra Coupe, Vectra and Zafira models, as well as Corsavan, Combo and Astravan. Fuel cost savings of up to one-third compared with petrol or diesel, along with the benefits to the environment from reduced exhaust emissions, are major reasons for the growth in dualfuel sales.

Vauxhall dualfuel sales so far this year, approaching 2,000, are up by 64 per cent over the same period last year.

Meanwhile the Vauxhall ECO Speedster concept based around the latest small diesel engine technology and lightweight aerodynamic bodywork was awarded the GreenFleet Certificate of Innovative Excellence. That combination achieved a combined economy of 113mpg while still registering an amazing 155mph, making use of Vauxhall’s 1.3 litre CDTi new generation multi-jet common-rail diesel engine to appear later this year in Corsa.

Vauxhall earlier in May collected the 2003 Environmental Award from the publication Fleet World which said the company had pioneered the development of clean, efficient LPG engines for use in fleet cars, and was "now reaping the benefit of its investment, as the acknowledged market leader in this field."

Published 31 May 2003 Melanie Carter

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