In fiscal year 2012, the Volkswagen Group’s brands and projects received many awards for being environmentally friendly.
The German consumer organization Stiftung Warentest investigated nine car-sharing providers in Germany and the Netherlands in 2012. Volkswagen Financial Services’ Quicar offering scored 1.8, the top score in the test. Quicar convinced the experts in the categories for booking, driving and online presence, among other factors.
Verkehrsclub Deutschland e.V. determines the most environmentally-friendly each year. The natural gas-fueled Volkswagen eco up! was the overall winner for 2012/2013. Its emissions of 79 grams of CO2/km set new environmental and economic benchmarks. In addition to its first place finish in the overall ranking, the eco up! also won the “Best for the Environment” category.
The Brazilian magazine “Auto Esporte” awarded the Gol Ecomotion and the Polo BlueMotion the “Green Car of the Year” award last year – one of the top prizes for efficient vehicles in Brazil.
Every year, the ADAC presents one of the most important prizes in the automotive industry: the “Golden Angel”. The natural gas-fueled Passat TSI EcoFuel was recognized in the “Car of the Future” category. Its low-emission drive system clinched its success.
MAN was awarded five different prizes in Brazil for its environmentally friendly technologies. The “AEA Environment Award” from the Association of Brazilian Automotive Engineers went to the Constellation 17.280 6x2 Híbrido for pioneering work in the development of the first Brazilian hybrid truck. This hybrid truck also received two “Renewable Energy Infrastructure Awards”. MAN won the “Top Ethanol Award” for a vehicle from the TGS series that can be powered flexibly by both diesel and ethanol. Another award went to MAN for its forward-looking research into the use of bioenergy.
The commercial vehicle trade journals “Verkehrsrundschau” and “Trucker” awarded the “Green Truck” title for the second time in 2012. It was won by the Scania R 480 Euro 6, which stood out from the competition thanks to its extremely low fuel consumption and ensuing low CO2 emissions, as well as its compliance with the Euro 6 emission standard.
Volkswagen moved up two spots year-on-year to fourth place in the global sustainability ranking for the “Best Global Green Brands 2012” by brand consulting company Interbrand. This makes Volkswagen both the most environmentally friendly automobile manufacturer and the “greenest” company in Germany.