Germany’s Verkehrsclub Deutschland (VCD) has for the 26th time presented the VCD Environmental Car List. The technically same natural gas triplets Volkswagen eco up!, Seat Mii EcoFuel and Škoda Citigo CNG Green tec come with 8.03 points in third place of the extensive eco-rankings, just 0.05 points behind the lead car. There is no one dominant technology amongst the top ten.
Although VCD congratulates the winners, it points out that this year there are no revlutionary concepts amongst the 400+ vehicles presented for evaluation, and calls for renewed activity in the field of environmental engineering.
VCD National Chairman Michael Ziesak : “Only last week the Federal Environmental Agency has made it clear that transport emits too many greenhouse gases, and remains the most difficult area in climate protection. The federal government must act and finally implement climate protection consistently. Especially the legislature, which can create incentives is, inter alia, updating by an ambitious threshold at a European level, so that automakers reduce CO2 emissions further and this also in actual operation.” He goes on to recommend consumers look very closely at the environmental performance of vehicles before purchasing.
In the category of Best Climate, where the focus is on low emissions of the greenhouse gas CO2, the gas-triplets from the VW Group recorded third place with 79g/km.
Among the best of the compact class is the Audi A3 Sportback 1.4 TFSI g-tron, in sixth place. The VW Golf Variant 1.4 TGI BlueMotion DSG CNG was placed fourth in the category of best family automobiles.
Gerd Lottsiepen, transport spokesman for the VCD: “The leaderboards show that the fleet limit of 95g CO2/km which applies from 2020, is today already achieved by 71 vehicles,” adding that producers should stop their efforts to counter the ambitious 2015 limit. “In addition, it is important to introduce honest consumption and emission tests, so that consumers can rely on the information.”
(Source: Verkehrsclub Deutschland)