Ford Focus in line for two green awards

Named the ‘most scientific’ of all green car awards, the Ford Focus has been nominated for best small family car in hatchback form and best family estate for the estate model.

Both of the nominated models share Ford’s 1.6-litre TDCi engine, which delivers 109g/km for both models.

The new Ford Focus is the greenest generation ever built by Ford and, along with the Peugeot 508, is one of only two cars nominated twice in the shortlists.

The Focus hatchback is up against the likes of the all-electric Nissan Leaf in a tough category, but the awards are also judged on innovation, value, drive experience and design.

The Ford Focus leads its segment in several of these area, in particular drive experience where it is widely recognised as the best handling car in its class.

Dr Ben Lane, Managing Editor of Next Green Car, said: "We have developed our Next Green Car Awards with the UK car buyer in mind. Our Green Car Rating and Approved lists, which highlight the best new green cars each month, have proved very popular with our website users.

"The annual Next Green Car Awards gives our visitors an additional independent view to help them select their next green car."

Other cars nominated for the awards include the electric Peugeot iOn and Citroen C-Zero in the city car category, the Vauxhall Corsa in the supermini category, Peugeot 508 and Citroen C5 in the large family category and the Range Rover Evoque in the crossover section of the awards.

The winners of the Next Green Car Awards 2011 will be announced on the 1 August 2011.