Volvo S40 DRIVe - WhatCar? Green Car of the Year 2009
Submitted by Volvo on 8 June, 2009 - 20:06
What Car?'s judges praised the S40 DRIVe's unique combination of low emissions (104g/km CO2), fuel efficiency (72.4 mpg combined), practicality, safety and driver enjoyment.
Volvo Car UK believes that the principle of hybrid cars being exempt from the Congestion Charge is now outdated and unfair. Low emission cars powered by conventional internal combustion engines with the same, or even lower, levels of emissions are charged £8.00 per day. This 'tax' could add a financial burden of over £2,000 per year to those drivers who have selected a traditionally-powered low emission car.
We’d welcome a review of the regulations that govern which cars are exempt from Congestion Charging. At the moment, there’s confusion among car buyers and the car industry. Some cars that use conventional engine technology yet have very low CO2 figures aren’t exempt....
And with an increasing number of low CO2 vehicles, including diesel hybrids, plug-in hybrids, range extenders and electric vehicles, now is the ideal time to re-open the debate and we’d be delighted to be part of it. - What Car? editor, Steve Fowler