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Hyundai has cleaned up in the carsguide Car of the Year with not one but two major awards.

The Hyundai i30 CRDi captured the main prize (the countdown to the winner starts on the page opposite) and then backed up to win the Green Car of the Year award.

The latest generation 1.6-litre, common-rail turbodiesel in the i30 became the poster child of the push for small diesels by leading the Greenfleet field home in the Panasonic Solar Challenge last month with an economy of 3.2 litres per 100km and a class-leading emission level of 97g of CO2 per kilometre.

That result was gained by concerted driving for economy.

But it's good even under normal day-to-day conditions.

The i30 has an official ratingof 4.7 litresper 100km. Voting for the Green car was spirited and widespread, with all the usual suspects in the mix along with a couple of left-fielders.

Toyota and Honda both featured strongly in discussions with the Prius and Civic petrol/electric hybrids, which thrive on a stop-start environment in the heart of the city when the harvesting of regenerative energy from braking and use of the electric motor at low speeds is best utilised.

In the arguments against were the initial cost premium, the lesser benefits in long, open-road runs and the issue of battery life and disposal.

Lexus earned consideration forits new hybrid pair, the RX400h SUV and the super-luxury LS600hL. While both utilise Toyota's knowledge of hybrid technology, there were questions about whether they _ and the environment _ would not have been better served by smaller hybrid engines and focused weight-saving.

Also thrown up as a possible contender was the Fiat Punto 1.4 with the Dualogic gearbox. The little Punto is rated to deliver 4.5 litres per 100km _ an outstanding figure for a petrol-engine automatic. The secret to the Punto is in the Dualogic's full fuzzy logic programming, which has the box constantly seeking the best match between driver characteristics, road condition and performance.

Another that caused some discussion was a nomination for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class as a whole-of-life ecological exercise.

In the end the decision for the i30 came down to real-world benefits. The car is big enough and practical enough for a family, it provides the strength of diesel performance and strong torque that keeps gear changes and accelerator mashing to a minimum, and it offers its responsible carbon footprint on every drive.


Read all our carsguide Car of the Year 2007 coverage at www.carsguide.com.au/caroftheyear


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  • Being diesel the exhaust may be smellier but you should be able to use biodiesel made from plant oil which would reduce emmissions. You can get used cooking oil/grease from restarants that have to pay for removal, and so you might be able to get it for free. You might have to get a converter kit and filter out debris but this would pay for itself in savings. Any chance that this car would be sold in the USA?

    Anne Thornhill Posted on 29 January 2008 7:50am
  • THIS IS A GREAT ARTICLE, THE FIRST I FOUND ON GREEN BUYING. THANKS

    JAMES A DEHUT Posted on 26 January 2008 10:31am
  • First it was LPG , now diesel claiming the green high ground. Here is another example of greenwash. No diesel or LPG car rates better than 3.5 stars on the greenvehicle guide for a good reason ie Air polution. Clean petrol technology wins hands down. Ad this to a hybrid annd no contest. Check out the AGO Greenvehicle guide website. It explains everything you need to know about emissions including the air toxics not just CO2. No LPG car exceeds Euro 3 emissions right now or has better than 2-3% CO2 advantage over it's petrol donor car. The new diesel smight claim to meet Euro 4 emissions like a Prius. But no one tells you that the limits for diesel on air pollutants like NOX are nearly double that for a petrol car. In the city or our famous tunnels in Sydney the last thing we need is more rattling diesels and clunky LPG cabs pumping out more polution. A fleet of Civic or Prius hybrids sitting their with their engines switched off or crawling along on electrivc power would be much nicer. Whats the big deal about the battery. They are designed never to need replacing and are fully recyclable. And both Honda and Toyota have a recycling program. at no cost to the customer. In terms of extra cost. Have you ever had to pay for a diesel service or repair - ugly. Has anyone looked at the price of fuel lately. Diesel is always around 10% dearere than ULP so where is the saving ? Travel over to Europe and look and listen and smell. We dont need that pollution here.

    Frustrated by the diesel green wash Posted on 23 November 2007 5:09pm
  • I checked the Green Vehicles Guide website (Commonwealth of Australia) and noted that the Hyandai i30 was not in the top overall ratings for green vehicles due to the fact that, while its carbon emissions were very low, its air pollution emissions were very ordinary. I think that you should indicate that your rating of the year's most 'green' vehicles is based on fuel consumption, as it appears to me your rating system did not incorporate air pollution apart from carbon dioxide.

    Catherine McChesney Posted on 23 November 2007 2:20pm
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