Manufacturers shortlisted for LowCVP award

The winner will be decided on Tuesday, 29 January 2013 at One Birdcage Walk, Westminster.

The LowCVP Champions Awards began in 2010, and have been designed to recognise outstanding and innovative practice in accelerating the shift to lower carbon vehicles and fuels, and reducing road transport emissions.

The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership will also be celebrating its tenth anniversary after the awards. Close to 200 organisations are part of LowCVP from diverse backgrounds including government, automotive and fuel supply chains, vehicle users, academics, environment groups and more.

The trio will have earned their nominations thanks to their increasingly fuel-efficient vehicles. Ford, for instance, has recently revealed its new Fiesta Van.

The new Ford Fiesta Van comes with a number of engine choices including the manufacturer’s new 75PS 1.5-litre Duratorq TDCi and 95PS 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi engines. A 82PS 1.25-litre Duratec petrol unit is also available.

The Fiesta Van ECOnetic is an incredibly efficient option thanks to its specially developed 95PS 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi powertrain. As standard the van features Auto-Start-Stop, lowered suspension, aerodynamic rear under-tray and wheel trims, and low rolling resistance tyres to improve efficiency.

Vauxhall is likely in contention for the award thanks to its efficient range. The manufacturer received a hat-trick of awards late last year at the What Van? Awards 2013.

The Vauxhall Combo was named Light Van of the Year, the Corsavan won Small Van of the Year and the ecoFLEX range picked up the Green Award.

“The Green Award for the ecoFLEX range of low-emission vehicles reflects the fine job Vauxhall is doing in offering increasingly efficient vans to help cut operators’ costs as well as helping the environment,” said said What Van? Editor Paul Barker at the time.

Renault announced late last year that it had managed to cut emissions of 24g/km across its Master van range, whilst gaining fuel economy of up to 3.8mpg.

Renault was able to make the savings by introducing a new thermal management system with an improved water circuit, for even faster starting. Also included were new oil and power-steering pumps, low fuel-consumption tyres and a new gearbox lubricant.

People interested in finding out more about Renault, Citroen and Vauxhall can contact their respective Perrys dealerships today.