Biggest news of 2011 for Audi is the introduction of the new A6 range, following the introduction of the A7 Sportback.
Starting with the saloon in the spring, it uses aluminium for some body panels helps keep weight down, so expect highly competitive CO2 emissions for four-cylinder diesel models, which could target 120g/km.
Expect an ultra-low EfficientDynamics saloon version of the 520d to ensure that BMW isn’t caught napping by
the new A6.
Of less interest to fleet operators will be the new 6 Series Convertible, which is due in March, although a potent diesel version will surely follow.
One of the first to market with the latest-generation electric cars, Citroen is hoping to lease its C-Zero from January, and many fleets are expected to be interested.
Later in the year will come the launch of the upmarket DS4, hoping to achieve some of the success in the lower-medium car market that the DS3 gained in the small car sector in 2010.
The biggest car-related news for fleet operators in 2011 is the debut of a new Ford Focus in March.
Prices start at about £16,000 for petrol and £17,000 for diesel, with lower emissions promised from new engines, but retaining the car’s renowned driver appeal and on-road behaviour.
A new compact people carrier to replace the Fusion, based on the latest Fiesta, is also expected to appear.
A Jazz Hybrid arrives in April alongside a mild facelift for other models in the range. Honda has also made some minor changes to the Insight hybrid based on feedback from users.
The successful XF model will gain a mid-life facelift in the spring, and there is talk of Jaguar introducing a four-cylinder diesel model, which could be as powerful as the original 2.7D XF, but with CO2 emissions below 160g/km.
The Magentis will be replaced by the new Optima in May, with sub-120g/km CO2 emissions promised from the new 136bhp 1.7-litre diesel featuring Kia’s ISG stop-start technology.
Kia’s small cars will be replaced in 2011, with a new Picanto and a new Rio, both expected to be seen in the summer with sub-100g/km versions.
The new Range Rover Evoque is the big news in 2011, expected to be available in the summer. Four-wheel drive will be optional as Land Rover seeks a ‘greener image’ by reducing CO2 emissions of key models.
Beginning the year with the new CT200h hybrid aiming at compact premium cars like the Audi A3 Sportback and BMW 1 Series, Lexus launches its first sub-100g/km car.
New diesel versions of the latest Mazda5 are due to be launched early in 2011 and will bring CO2 emissions down significantly compared to the previous Mazda5 version’s 2.0-litre engine.
Nissan’s big launch in 2011 will be the all-electric Leaf, with a potential 100-mile range between charges. Deliveries begin in March.
The Peugeot 508 saloon and SW will be introduced in the spring, promising huge improvements over the old 407. A sub-110g/km version will join the range in the summer, around the same time as the world’s first production diesel-electric hybrid in the 3008 Hybrid4.
The Peugeot Ion is a sister vehicle to the Mitsubishi I-Miev and Citroen C Zero helps boost fleet EV choices from January.
Renault’s foray into electric vehicles in the UK begins with the Kangoo van, bit a range of up to four EVs will follow in the next few years.
Elsewhere in the range, expect lower CO2 emissions from new diesel engines expected to arrive by the summer.
A new Zafira will be introduced in 2011, based on the latest generation Astra.
The all-new model is expected to offer huge reductions in CO2 emissions compared with the current model, as well as improved quality and should also be better to drive.
Deliveries of the new Passat will begin in January, although customers will have to wait until the summer for the 109g/km Bluemotion version.
A new Jetta will also launch in the spring with Volkswagen targeting less than 120g/km for diesel versions.