Citroen wins double award for green credentials

Citroen's green credentials win the Gold

Green Fleet Awards 2014

Citroen has received two honours at this year’s GreenFleet Awards, which took place last night in Birmingham.

The carmaker received the GreenFleet City Car Manufacturer of the Year Award, as well as the GreenFleet LCV Manufacturer of the Year Award.

Not just that, but Citroen was also highly commended in the Fleet Car Manufacturer of the Year category, highlighting the French marque’s commitment to upholding its eco-friendly credentials.

Martin Hamill, Citroen’s director for fleet and used vehicles, said: “Citroën’s double victory in the GreenFleet Awards 2014 is a reflection of the company’s continuous process of design innovation and engineering improvement.

“In winning the GreenFleet LCV Manufacturer of the Year Award, the judges have recognised that Citroën’s long-term philosophy of providing high payload, fuel-efficient, low-emission LCVs is one which appeals to today’s environmentally aware and cost conscious van operators.”

Ultra-low emissions

Currently, Citroen offers a total of 51 cars with ultra-low CO2 emissions below 100g/km, including the new C1 city car and the C4 Cactus.

Up to 200kg lighter than typical C-segment competitors, the C4 Cactus also comes with a range of three-cylinder PureTech petrol engines and Blue HDi diesel engines. As a result, the Cactus offers fuel economy of up to 91.1mpg and CO2 emissions as low as 82g/km.

As well as that, Citroen has also recently been making various advancements in cutting-edge experimental technology, which has resulted in the carmaker’s latest concept, the Cactus AIRFLOW.

Powered by the same technology that features in Peugeot’s Hybrid Air series, the Cactus AIRFLOW can be powered by nothing except for compressed air via a hydraulic motor.

A 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine is also linked to the motor, combining the output of both for a quick burst of acceleration or for better long-range driving.

As well as that, the hydraulic motor automatically recuperates energy from waste heat released when the Cactus brakes, meaning that it’s entirely self-powered and free from the limitations of electric hybrids.

Citroen’s van line-up also features the same green credentials as its passenger cars, with the recently released new Relay van boasting economy improvements of up to 15 per cent.

Combined cycle figures for the new Relay clock in at up to 42.8mpg, with CO2 emissions of less than 200g/km for the average 3.5 tonne model.