Citroen wins top green award

The French manufacturer, which builds the Citroen Berlingo and Nemo vans, was awarded the Green Manufacturer of the Year at the Fleet Van Awards this week.

Citroen won the award because of its use of a low emission HDi diesel engine range which is also 30 per cent bio-diesel compatible.

Other technology, such as the Trafficmaster Smartnav, was also praised by the judges. The fleet management technology improves fuel economy and the carbon footprint of vans by using advanced satellite navigation to find the optimum route.

Robert Handyside, Citroën’s Commercial Vehicle Operations Manager, comments: "Citroën considers it a great honour to win the Fleet Van Green Van Manufacturer of the Year Award 2010. This prestigious award recognises Citroën’s continuing commitment to producing affordable, efficient, clean and green LCVs."

The Citroen Nemo van, which was recently awarded the ‘UK’s Most Economical Van’ title in the annual MPG marathon, was also awarded a ‘Highly Commended’ award in the city van category.

The van recorded a staggering 81.93mpg in the MPG Marathon, and boasts an official fuel consumption figure of 64.2mpg.

A second Citroen van, the Berlingo was also awarded a commendation in the small van category, once again for its use of economical engines.

Citroen’s advances in efficient technology, seen as the Airdream+ models in its car range, has been designed under its new philosophy of ‘Creative Technologies’.

The manufacturer is currently designing a number of electric cars such as the C-Zero and the Citroen Survolt supercar concept, and the technology is expected to be introduced to its van range in the future.