Supermini ‘Next Green Car Awards 2012’ nominees

The supermini shortlist of the Next Green Car Awards 2012 has been announced.

Next Green car has announced the 26 cars that have made the 2012 short list for this year’s Next Green Car Awards. The awards are split into eight different categories, ranging from city car to MPV.

The supermini shortlist has been announced and there are four models that made the cut. They include the zero emissions Renault ZOE Z.E., Toyota Yaris Hybrid, Peugeot 208 and Kia Rio.

In today’s market, key features of successful superminis include low emissions, compact body shape and all-round practicality. As most superminis tick these boxes, making the final four of the Next Green car awards is tough, so tough the popular Ford Fiesta didn’t make the cut.

The ZOE, which is part of Renault’s electric Z.E. range, has recently been entered into the record books as achieved the best distance travelled by an electric car in 24 hours, with the use of its new Chameleon charger. This can charge the ZOE up to 80 per cent battery capacity in just thirty minutes.

Although it has only just been released, the stylish new Peugeot 208 made the supermini shortlist with the use of its frugal 1.4-litre e-HDi engine that emits just 87g/km.

As well as offering low emissions, the new 208 offers distinctive exterior styling with body contours that echo the new luxury Citroen DS5.

Another stylish addition to the shortlist is the Kia Rio, which has been praised alongside its smaller Picanto brother on many occasions for its sporty and muscular exterior styling. The Kia Rio in the shortlist uses a 1.1-litre CRDi which emits just 94g/km.

The winners of the Next Green Car Awards 2012 will be announced on Wednesday 4 July 2012.