The new year may have only begun five days ago, but Opel has already managed to bring an automotive award home to Russelsheim. German environmental institute Okotrend and trade magazine Auto Test have selected the Zafira Tourer 1.6 CNG ecoFlex as the most environmentally friendly van on sale in Europe for the second year in a row, the automaker announced today.
The compact seven-seater Zafira 1.6 CNG ecoFlex has a fuel consumption rating of 4.7 kilograms (10.36 lbs) of high-grade natural gas per 100 kilometers (62.1 miles) travelled. The natural-gas powered people mover also emits just 129 g/km of C02, earning it a German ‘A’ energy efficiency label.
Opel says its ecoFlex engines are “optimized to run on natural gas, biogas or any combination of the two, as well as gasoline.” CNG and biogas cost much less than gasoline or diesel in Germany and the German government also offers a tax benefit regulation for the use of natural gas as a fuel until 2018, making a strong case for the ecoFlex engine in the region.