Peugeot won the highly-contested 'City Car Manufacturer of the Year' award, beating contenders from Fiat, Volkswagen and Mini. Peugeot was also specially ‘commended’ in the 'Fleet Car Manufacturer of the Year' accolade, contested by Volvo, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
"Peugeot has had an impressive year in 2012, with the introduction of some cracking new models, and none more so than the new 208. With every diesel model coming in at sub 99g/km, and even as low as 87g/km, it was a natural choice for the judges. Having used the model ourselves in the 'Fuel Efficient Driving Experience' at the recent GreenFleet Scotland event, we know first-hand the kind of impressive MPG figures that are achievable too" said Colin Boyton, Marketing Manager for GreenFleet.
Phil Robson, Peugeot Fleet and Used Vehicle Director, said: "These awards salute our considerable efforts to provide ever enhanced products that respond to the growing demand for environmentally-able vehicles, and Peugeot has probably done more than most – with electric, Stop & Start, diesel-electric HYbrid4 and new small petrol engines. The GreenFleet award is another accolade that serves to show that the 208 is a car of special attributes.”
With CO2 outputs from as low as 87g/km, the majority of Peugeot's diesel cars are equipped with Stop & Start System technology, a new low CO2 3-cylinder petrol engine and many other competitive product virtues - which clearly makes it a winning combination.
At a recent 'GreenFleet Scotland' event held at the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, eight identical Peugeot 208s were driven by first-time eco-drivers and representatives from local Councils over a 50-mile set urban route. Every car exceeded the Official Urban Drive Cycle 208 figure of 62.8mpg, with the winners Ian Dalgeish and Allan Kelley from East Lothian Council achieving 73.6mpg, with telematics performance and economy supervised by ‘Drive from O2’.
The Peugeot 208 won 'Best Supermini' in the Auto Express New Car Awards in June 2012.