Honda’s Civic Hybrid has been named Germany’s most ecological car for the second year running by the Verkehrsclub Deutschland (VCD: a major transport and environment organisation in Germany) in its Environmental Car Ratings for 2007-2008.
According to the Envirofuel German translator the categories that made up the ratings were:
- CO2 emissions
- Other emissions
- Effect on nature
This is the second year running that the VCD has chosen the Civic Hybrid as its environmental winner. In 2006 the vehicle beat 350 contenders to secure the coveted first place in the VCD Environmental Car Ratings. In addition, the judges rated the Civic Hybrid as the top car in the compact class.
Retailing from $32,990, the Civic Hybrid is Australia’s most affordable hybrid vehicle. It combines a petrol engine with an electric motor to produce 85kW and 170Nm, with the ability to switch off the internal combustion engine when the car comes to a stop. These factors contribute greatly to the reduction of fuel consumption and emissions, particularly in city traffic.
The Civic Hybrid has a standard fuel consumption of 4.6 litres per 100 km (51.13 mpg) and emissions of 109 grams of CO2 per km (174.4 g/mile).