The Suzuki Swift SZ2 now available VAT free with a customer saving of £1,715. For more information call 0845 850 8800 or visit www.suzuki.co.uk Calls cost £0.035 per minute from BT landlines. Calls from non-BT phone lines will vary. *VAT parked offer is based on the Swift SZ2 3dr only available at £8,495, including a customer saving of £1,715, so it’s just like buying it VAT free. † Offer also available on the Swift SZ2 5dr available at £8,895 on the road, including a saving of £1,775. For full details please contact your local participating Suzuki Dealer. This offer is subject to availability for vehicles privately registered between 1st July 2011 and 30th September 2011 from participating Authorised Suzuki Dealers only. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers. All prices and specifications are correct at time of going to press. Model shown is the Swift SZ2 5dr available at £8,895 † on the road (metallic paint at £399). Swift range official fuel consumption figures in mpg (L/100km): urban from 41.5 (6.8) to 55.4 (5.1), extra urban from 57.6 (4.9) to 78.5 (3.6), combined from 50.4 (5.6) to 67.3 (4.2). Official CO 2 emissions from 129g/km to 109g/km. Welcome
THERE ARE SOME stunning achievements among the leading contenders and winners in this year’s What Car? Green Car of the Year Awards (see p95). Even three years ago, it would have been difficult to imagine a sub-£10,000 car with the tech to return 67mpg, an executive saloon that emits just 119g/km of CO2, or a family-size SUV that betters that figure by 20g/km. Yet all of these propositions are now reality.
GREEN AWARDS 2011
That’s no longer the case, and as our overall winner proves, even the latest cutting-edge technology is designed to fit in with as many people’s lives as possible.
The line between cars classified as environmentally friendly and those regarded as merely normal has never looked more blurred – and given the potential fuel-
saving benefits in an era of record (and rising) prices at the petrol pumps, that’s a terrific trend for all of us.
Perhaps the greater achievement, though, is that so many of the eco-friendly stars require such little compromise. It used to be the case that ‘green’ meant ‘small’, ‘skinny tyres’, ‘hard ride’ and ‘noisy diesel’.
John McIlroy, magazine editor John.McIlroy@whatcar.com twitter.com/johnmcilroy
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Editor’s picks The Volkswagen Up is small, chic and classy. It’s exactly the type of small car VW should be building p22
Our used test this month covers the Honda Jazz and Nissan Note. Buy either and you’re on to a winner p121
If you want to save cash by going green you need to check out our Green Car of the Year winners p95
Straight-talking, straightforward buying advice for every car on sale starts on p137
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