Dualfuel Corsa Tops Environment Agency Emissions Table

The new Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 16v Dualfuel model has been rated the cleanest company car in the country in an emissions rating league of the top 20 greenest cars used by the Environment Agency.

Another winner is the new Euro4 compliant Astra 1.7CDTi ECO4 diesel, which is the cleanest diesel in the Agency’s top 20.

The news came as Vauxhall announced that Cadbury Trebor Bassett, producer of many of the country’s favourite sweets, has introduced the Dualfuel Combo to its 900-strong fleet of vehicles following a successful trial.

The company is currently running 22 1.6i LPG/petrol engined Combos for van sales staff in its Food Service Division.

It is the first time the Birmingham–based company has ventured into LPG use as part of a wider social and environmentally friendly policy, and feels happy to do so because of greater availability of LPG, now at more than 1200 forecourts around the UK.

Eight Vauxhalls In Top 20

Meanwhile, in the Environment Agency league, LPG and diesel powered vehicles from Vauxhall claim eight of the top 20 places in the cleanest car league, which measures total emissions including carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrous oxide, sulphur dioxide, hydrocarbons and particulates.

As well as the Corsa, Vauxhall’s other Dualfuel models including the Astra, Vectra and Zafira also figure highly in the cleanest car listing.

The Bristol-based Environment Agency, the leading public body responsible for protecting and improving the environment in England and Wales, produces the league of clean cars to influence the choice of company car drivers on its 3000-strong fleet of leased cars.

According to Don Ridley, fleet advisor to the Environment Agency, the clean car rating is part of an holistic approach to try to make its fleet as green as possible.

"We try to take a well-to-wheel view and encourage our drivers to choose the greenest, most environmentally friendly vehicles possible. We have compiled the top 20 cleanest cars rating as a guide for our drivers to be able to see which produce the least harmful emissions.

Published : 22/10/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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