I wrote about the launch of Renault’s new 1.6dCi diesel engine back in May – now one of the first cars to use the new engine has won an award.
The Renault Scénic 1.6 dCi Stop-Start won the gold award in the MPV section of the Next Green Car Awards 2011 – considered to be the most scientifically-based green car awards in the UK. Cars are selected for their environmental “green car rating”, level of innovation, value, drive experience and design.
Judges selected the latest version of Renault’s high-selling family car as the winner of the MPV category for its low CO2 emissions of just 115 g/km and for its frugality, with up to 64.2 mpg achievable on the combined cycle.
Three years ago, I managed about 54mpg in a 2007 model Scénic dCi, so I am inclined to believe that a fuel consumption figure of 60mpg+ is at least possible, if not achievable for everyone. (Check Honest John’s Real MPG Register for owners’ fuel consumption figures.)
Renault UK’s Marketing Director, Phil York, added: “We’re delighted to be accepting this award from Next Green Car for our best-selling MPV. The brand new 1.6 dCi 130 is the most powerful diesel engine of its size on sale today and yet has the lowest CO2 and fuel consumption of any MPV on the market.”