Daihatsu Takes Multiple Honours In Environmental Awards

Daihatsu has once again scooped multiple honours in the Environmental Transport Association’s Car Buyers’ Guide for 2002.

The ETA’s annual guide identifies the most environmentally efficient cars available to British buyers and points out the reduced excise duty on least polluting vehicles.

This year, Daihatsu achieved two outright category wins and one second place. In the City Car category, the 1.0 litre Cuore took top honours while the 1.3 litre Terios 4x4 was top in the Off-Road Vehicle section.

Daihatsu’s 1.0 litre Sirion, meanwhile, was placed second in the Supermini category, just losing out to this year’s overall winner, the two-seater smart City-Coupe, which won the Supermini category.

In the three years since the awards started, Daihatsu has now won a total of eight category honours with its 1.0 litre Cuore, 1.0 litre Sirion and 1.3 litre Terios sport-utility vehicle. The 1.0 Cuore was also voted the ETA’s ‘Environmental Car of the Millennium’ at the inaugural awards in 2000.

Commenting on Daihatsu’s continued success, Managing Director of Daihatsu Vehicle Distributors Limited, Andrew Edmiston, said: "We are committed to providing car buyers with a positive environmental choice.

"Of course, customers can choose a Daihatsu for its strong performance, excellent economy and high levels of equipment, but the ETA’s endorsement of their strong ‘green’ credentials gives our customers further reassurance that both the environment and their pocket will also benefit."

Under the Government’s new emissions-based vehicle taxation system, nearly every Daihatsu qualifies for reduced Road Fund Licence savings and reduced company car taxation.

Even the sporty 102PS Sirion 1.3 SL falls within the lowest possible company car tax value, thanks to an emissions figure of just 135 g/km.

Daihatsu’s range of ‘green’ compact city cars starts at just £5,995 on the road and every model comes with three years’ warranty, three years’ roadside assistance and three years’ free servicing.

Published : 07/05/02 Author : Melanie Carter

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