Electric Vauxhall is top green car

What Car? has crowned the Vauxhall Ampera as its Green Car of the Year 2011.

The electric car has been described as "a massive step for alternative-fuel cars" and is ideal for owners to save money on motoring costs such ascar insurance.

Chas Hallett, the magazine's editor-in-chief, said: "It offers all the benefits of owning an electric vehicle with virtually none of the drawbacks. It gives motorists the ability to dramatically reduce their emissions without changing their lifestyle, which is exactly what green cars need to do."

The Kia Picanto 1.0 1 Air is this year's top green supermini, while the Volkswagen Golf Bluemotion was awarded the best green small family car.

In the executive category, BMW's 3 Series 318d was named as the most environmental friendly car.

The British built Mini 1.6D Cooper picked up the fun car award.

The world's first production diesel hybrid, the Peugeot 3008 2.0 HDi Hybrid4, recieved the green SUV award, with Ford's Mondeo winning the green family car award and Renault's Scenic picked up the prize for best green MPV.

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