The 20 greenest fleet brands (continued)
02 April 2008
Green issues are increasingly dominating business thoughts, but which brands are doing the most to help fleets cut emissions? Paul Barker investigates
Poor score is a result of Mazda concentrating on longer-term alternative fuels like hydrogen that have no UK infrastructure and little chance of imminent success. A lack of small models in the line-up is also a handicap, and the brand could do with following parent Ford's Econetic line of thought.
Merc suffered due to a bias toward larger cars, but there's a lack of current eco effort. That will all change over the next 18 months.
Not much current evidence of a desire to cut CO2, though worldwide there is plenty going on in the medium-term that will filter into the UK.
The widest range of different sub-121g/km models helped Peugeot, though the French brand is another one that's focussed on its smaller cars. Diesel hybrid concepts have been built on several occasions, but there's still no confirmation of a launch.
Renault is targeting a spot in the top three car makers in the world when it comes to emissions. Its lowest-emitting model is the Clio Campus that's already been replaced by the latest generation Clio, but is still sold as a Budget alternative.
The UK Government's refusal to back biofuels is the main reason for Saab finishing bottom of the table. At present the fuel makes no sense for fleets, and combined with the brand's limited offering of only large cars, means there's no environmental case for the Swedes.
Ibiza Ecomotive it the joint-lowest emitting mainstream model on sale at 99g/km, and it's about to be backed up by a sub-121g/km Leon. The future's less clear beyond that, though we can surely expect more Ecomotive models, as VW has done with Bluemotion.
Czech brand narrowly misses the podium. The near future looks bright with Greenline working well, but there doesn't look to be much beyond that.
Top spot for the brand that has done the most to promote the hybrid cause. But there's more to Toyota's green credentials than the Prius.
A brand desperate for a green story to match Ford's Econetic or VW's Bluemotion. Lower-powered but higher output engines are on the way.
Nailing its colours to the biofuel mast has reaped rewards in its homeland, but the?Swedes are suffering in the UK as a result of the lack of infrastructure of Government support. A hybrid version of the XC60 small 4x4 is in the product plan, as is an Efficiency branding that will launch with the C30 Efficiency model later this year.
The last 12 months have seen the launch of the Polo, Golf, Golf Estate, Golf Plus, Passat and Jetta Bluemotion models, with more to follow. Expect a 89g/km hybrid Golf when the new model is launched next year.