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Suzuki celebrates a Swift bite at the Green Apple Awards

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Suzuki celebrates a Swift bite at the Green Apple Awards

The Suzuki Swift has won a Silver award at The Green Apple Awards held annually at the House of Commons this week. The awards are organised by The Green Organisation and judged by the Midland Group of Motoring Writers. Chairman of the Midland Group, Ian Donaldson comments: This is the fourth year we have saluted the greenest cars you can buy and, crucially, enjoy owning and driving. Our prizewinners are chosen by our 28 members whose words are read in print and on the web all over the UK and beyond.

First launched in late 2010, Swift took second prize in the Supermini category, beating some strong competition by impressing the judges with its great drive with one judge commenting. 'Reasonably frugal but balances that by being a hoot to drive while remaining a really honest car; there's nothing pretentious about the model, it just looks good, is well built, has plenty of kit and sips at the fuel no matter how much fun you're having.'

Swift will get even greener from January 2015 too with the recent announcement of the 1.2-litre Dualjet engine, which produces CO2 emissions of just 99g/km.

The new technology has also resulted in Swift attaining 65.7mpg on the EC Combined fuel consumption cycle, representing an impressive 9.2mpg or 16 per cent improvement over the current petrol engine. Another benefit of Dualjet technology is that Swift models with this engine are exempt from VED (Vehicle Excise Duty). Even fewer trips to the fuel pumps and zero VED will equate to a saving of up to £175 per year for an average mileage owner.

Dualjet technology positions the fuel injectors very close to the engine inlet valves and allows for a finer fuel atomisation (or mixture) which in turn provides a more effective transfer into the cylinder.

The new Dualjet engine for Swift will initially be available as an optional choice on SZ4 two wheel drive models and will cost around an additional £500. Final prices will be confirmed in the near future.

Swift customers can currently enjoy the benefit of purchasing their new car VAT free until the end of December 2014 with a range of highly competitive PCP offers also available. As an example, the SZ2 three door at £8,999 is now available for a deposit of £1,404 followed by 42 monthly payments of £129 and an optional payment of £3,412.

THE NEW SEAT ARONA: MODERN URBAN CHARACTER

THE NEW SEAT ARONA: MODERN URBAN CHARACTER

Posted on: 16th Aug 2017

The New SEAT Arona is here, and just like the New Ibiza, is making its first appearance during a media event in Barcelona, in front of 250 international journalists. The New SEAT Arona will make its public debut at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September.

STAYING SAFE AND ALERT WITH THE ALL-NEW VAUXHALL GRANDLAND X SUV

STAYING SAFE AND ALERT WITH THE ALL-NEW VAUXHALL GRANDL...

Posted on: 3rd Aug 2017

The all-new Vauxhall Grandland X is setting standards for its safety systems, as the latest SUV from Vauxhall sees the launch of Driver Drowsiness Alert. The Grandland X will make its premiere at the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA) from 14-24 September, and be at dealerships shortly after.

HYUNDAI IONIQ NAMED

HYUNDAI IONIQ NAMED 'BEST GREEN TECHNOLOGY' I...

Posted on: 3rd Aug 2017

A panel of fleet industry experts has named the Hyundai IONIQ as the 'Best Green Technology' for businesses. Judges of the 2017 BusinessCar Fleet Technology Awards - the 'Techies' - said the choice of three electrified powertrains for fleets was the most significant factor in giving it the top prize.

VAUXHALL REVEALS NEW INSIGNIA GSI AHEAD OF FRANKFURT DEBUT

VAUXHALL REVEALS NEW INSIGNIA GSI AHEAD OF FRANKFURT DE...

Posted on: 21st Jul 2017

With its debut set for the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, Vauxhall has released first pics of the all-new Insignia GSi, which will deliver high levels of performance through all-wheel drive, a new chassis and Brembo brakes, and will be powered by a refined 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine.