Wednesday, 25 June 2008 12:00 AM
Environmental motoring website, whatgreencar?, has awarded its first Green Car of the Year award to the Ford Focus Econetic.
The 1.6-litre Econetic Focus scored better than the site's benchmark hybrid in the lifetime impact category.
The site's independent panel of judges, representing UK transport organisations such as the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership and Energy Saving Trust, unanimously declared the Econetic as the greenest family car available.
Dr Ben Lane, editor of whatgreencar?, said: "With the fuel efficient Ford Focus Econetic, all new car buyers have the opportunity to purchase a more environmentally friendly car that meets the average motorist's needs."
Whatgreencar? ratings range from zero for the greenest vehicles to 100 for the most polluting, with the Ford Focus judged best in its class.
With a rating of 33, the 65.6 mpg Ford Focus Econetic (110PS), emitting 115g of CO2 per kilometre, sits between a 1.0-litre model and the lowest-rated hybrid.
Roelant de Waard, Ford of Britain chairman and managing director, said: "Drivers want to be green but without giving up comfort and performance or paying a high price. Ford Econetics answer that demand and I'm delighted that whatgreencar? has recognised this."