2011 Green Car Of The Year Finalists Revealed

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2011 Green Car of the Year Finalists Revealed

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 22 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

              Winner to be Announced at the LA Auto Show Nov. 18

    Green Car Journal announced today its five finalists for the 2011 Green

Car of the Year(R), including the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, 2011 Ford Fiesta, 2011

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid and the 2011 Nissan LEAF. For

the sixth consecutive year, this increasingly important award will be

announced during a press conference at the LA Auto Show Press Days on Nov.


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    The Green Car of the Year(R) award is a program that honors environmental

leadership in the automobile field and recognizes vehicles that become

available to consumers during the award year. For the first time, the Green

Car of the Year(R) finalists include two primarily electric-drive vehicles in

addition to two hybrids and a high mile-per-gallon, gasoline internal

combustion engine.

    "These five 2011 Green Car of the Year(R) finalists reflect an auto

industry in transition," said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car

Journal and editor of GreenCar.com. "It wasn't long ago when electric drive

was a novelty. Now, it's expected that auto manufacturers will include

electric drive in some form among their model offerings."

    While four of the five Green Car of the Year(R) nominees do incorporate

electric drive, the Ford Fiesta nominee underscores that internal combustion

continues to evolve in important ways. This hatchback achieves up to 40 EPA

estimated highway fuel economy, running on conventional gasoline. Along with

vehicles incorporating electric drive, a new generation of internal

combustion gasoline and clean diesel models are expected to push efficiencies

ever higher in the coming years.

    Dozens of potential nominees weighed in during the selection process.

Green Car Journal editors considered vehicles employing all fuels and

technologies in the effort to raise the bar in environmental performance,

including high efficiency gasoline internal combustion, advanced diesel,

hybrids, electrics and vehicles capable of running on alternative fuels. In

the Green Car of the Year(R) program, nominees must stand out as exemplary

models that forward environmental performance in meaningful and quantifiable

ways. Market significance and "newness" are also factors. All nominees must

be on sale by January 1 of the award year.

    Jurors include leaders of the nation's top environmental organizations,

including 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. Also,

Jay Leno, noted auto enthusiast and host of the "Tonight Show," as well as

automotive icon Carroll Shelby join Green Car Journal editors in rounding out

the 2011 jury.

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    About Green Car of the Year(R)

    The GCOY award is an important part of Green Car Journal's mission to

showcase environmental progress in the auto industry. Founded in 1992, Green

Car Journal is considered the premier source of information on high fuel

efficiency, low emission, advanced technology, and alternative fuel vehicles.

Subscription information, along with a downloadable sample issue, can be

found at GCJUSA.com. Green Car of the Year(R) is a registered trademark of

Green Car Journal and RJ Cogan Specialty Publications Group, Inc.

    About the LA Auto Show

    As the first major North American Auto Show of the season, the 2010 LA Auto Show will host approximately 50

World and North American debuts. Press Days, Nov. 17 and 18, will feature more than 25 press conferences from

manufacturers around the globe. Join the LA Auto Show conversation by following the Show at

Twitter.com/LAAutoShow, Facebook.com/LosAngelesAutoShow and sign up for alerts at LAAutoShow.com.

    SOURCE: LA Auto Show

    CONTACT: Jessica Schmidt, The Rogers Group



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