Green Car Journal Announces Finalists for Green Car of the Year

By Jason Davis | October 24, 2011
The excitement is building: Who will win the 2012 Green Car of the Year Award? Will it be an electric car, like the 2012 Ford Focus Electric, the 2012 Mitsubishi i? Or will it be an alternative fuel car, like the 2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas, or the 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI? Who knows, it could even be a hybrid, like the new, larger 2012 Toyota Prius v. If you've read this far, I'll not spoil the surprise. Green Car Journal will announce the winner at this year's LA Auto Show on November 17, 2011.
"This year's Green Car of the Year finalists underscore that there is no single solution to our transportation challenges," said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal. "Here we have five exceptional answers to the question of how we're going to increase efficiencies, reduce tailpipe and CO2 emissions, and decrease petroleum use. These nominees deserve to be recognized for their unique approaches in providing consumers diverse choices as cars intelligently evolve toward a more environmentally-compatible motoring future." The award is based on quantifiable environmental achievement, market significance, and "newness," and will be juried by Carl Pope, chairman of the Sierra Club; Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council; Jean-Michel Cousteau, president of Ocean Futures Society, and Matt Petersen, president of Global Green USA. Celebrity car enthusiasts, Jay Leno and Carroll Shelby, round out the judging for the 7th annual event. Source: LA Auto Show