The C30, S40 and V50 DRIVe models and the V70 2.5FT and S80 2.5 FT (bioethanol powered) have all been nominated for World Green Car of the Year 2009. The winner will be announced at the New York International Auto Show in April 2009.
Volvo Cars is the manufacturer with by far the largest number of candidates in the Green Car of the Year 2009 competition. Five models - the Volvo C30 1.6D DRIVe, Volvo S40 1.6D DRIVe, Volvo V50 1.6D DRIVe, Volvo V70 2.5 FT Flexifuel and Volvo S80 2.5 FT Flexifuel - feature in the 22-car line-up.
Fiat and Mini each have two candidates. The Audi Q7 3.0 TDI, BMW 335d BluePerformance and Mercedes-Benz ML/R/GL 320 BlueTEC are also on the list of candidates.
The five finalists will be announced in February next year, and by March the jury will have cut this down to three finalists. The winner will be presented on April 9 at the New York International Auto Show.
Read more on the World Green Car of the Year website.
The DRIVe cars from Volvo are economical new diesel variants of the C30, S40 and V50 models with fuel consumption of just 4.4 litres/100 km (C30) or 4.5 litres/100 km (S40 and V50). The corresponding CO2 figures of 115 and 118 g/km mean that the C30 and V50 have best-in-class CO2 emissions in their segments. All three models - the C30, S40 and V50 - are equipped with a special set of efficiency-enhancing features and marked with the DRIVe emblem to signal their uprated environmental properties.
The Volvo V70 2.5FT and S80 2.5FT are equipped with Volvos five-cylinder 2.5-litre turbocharged Flexifuel (bioethanol) engine with a power output of 200 hp.