James Brown (left), Tom Knifton (right) & Juergen PawlikVolkswagen up! wins Car of the Year 2012 and BMW X3 wins SUV category prize at the first ever 100% carbon neutral What Car? Car of the Year awards ceremony, courtesy of carbon offsetting by CNI

    London, 13 January 2012 – Carbon Neutral Investments (CNI) congratulates Volkswagen and BMW on their successes at this year’s What Car? Car of the Year awards.

    As sponsor of the SUV category, CNI continues its partnership with What Car? and has successfully offset the entire carbon footprint of the Car of the Year awards ceremony. In addition, CNI will also offset the carbon emissions of all road tests conducted by the magazine in 2012 – making What Car? not only the UK’s leading, but now the most environmentally responsible motoring media brand.

    What Car? editor in chief, Chas Hallett, said of the Volkswagen up! – What Car? Car of the Year 2012: “The best car we’ve seen this year, and sets new standards for the £10,000 price bracket.”

    And of the BMW X3 – Winner, Best 4×4 and SUV: “Its brilliance and status shone through.”

    He added: “What Car? has lead the motoring media industry for many years, and this new move to carbon neutrality by offsetting our awards ceremony and all our road tests will help keep us one step ahead in 2012.”

    CNI co-chairman, James Brown, said: “Our congratulations to Volkswagen for the success of the up! as 2012 What Car? Car of the Year, and as sponsors of the SUV category, we are delighted to see the BMW X3 named as the very deserved winner against some stiff competition from the Land Rover Discovery 4 and the Nissan Qashqai.”

    He added: “What Car? is a brand renowned for defining industry benchmarks, and it is only right that with the industry’s focus on sustainability, the same values are reflected in the sector’s most prestigious awards. CNI is proud to be working alongside What Car? in promoting further environmental responsibility across the industry.”

    CNI is a leading provider in the carbon-offset market working alongside industry leaders to help them achieve carbon neutrality, and is the company that brought us the world’s first carbon neutral F1 team – in a pioneering new partnership with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes.