Hybrid, Plug-in and High MPG Gasoline Vehicles Vie for 2013 Green Car
of the Year® Honor
Winner to be Revealed at LA Auto Show Press Conference on November 29
Five exceptional vehicles have been named finalists for Green Car
Journal’s 2013 Green Car of the Year®. For the eighth consecutive
year, the Green Car of the Year will recognize and honor environmental
leadership in the automotive field. The winner will be announced at a
press conference during the LA Auto Show Press Days on Nov. 29. This
year’s finalists include the Dodge Dart Aero, Ford C-MAX, Ford Fusion,
Mazda CX-5 SkyACTIV and the Toyota Prius c.
“This is a very exciting time for the Green Car of the Year program,”
said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of the Green Car Journal and
president of the Green Car Institute. “For two decades now, Green Car
Journal has documented the ‘greening’ of the auto industry, from a
time of mere concepts and demonstration programs to today, when the
sheer number of environmentally positive production vehicles available
to consumers is just eye-opening.”
Cogan points out that the shift toward ‘green’ vehicles is great for
new car buyers who want to drive cleaner and more efficiently, while
still experiencing the joy of driving. “What’s tougher these days is
narrowing down the universe of great candidates to a field of five
nominees, as we have today,” said Cogan.
This ‘greenest’ field-of-five – representing not only the five
finalists for the 2013 Green Car of the Year award but also Green Car
Journal’s distinguished ‘Top 5 Green Cars for 2013’ – underscores the
evolving auto industry’s increasing focus on efficiencies and
tailpipe/CO2 emissions. The high mpg Dodge Dart Aero and Mazda CX-5
SkyACTIV show that conventionally-powered, internal combustion
vehicles can indeed compete with the efficiencies of hybrids. Toyota’s
Prius c continues this automaker’s tradition of offering all-new, high
mpg hybrid models under the Prius name. The Ford C-MAX and Fusion
illustrate how mainstream models can present drivers multiple
high-efficiency choices – with the C-MAX offering both hybrid and
plug-in hybrid iterations, and the Fusion offering these power
options, plus fuel-efficient EcoBoost variants. Importantly, all are
affordable mass-market products that provide drivers full
functionality and mainstream appeal, paving the way for making a
difference in fuel use and overall emissions in daily driving.
The winner will be selected by an esteemed jury comprised of the
nation’s top environmental leaders, including Sierra Club executive
director Michael Brune, Ocean Futures Society president Jean-Michel
Cousteau, and Global Green USA president Matt Petersen, plus Tonight
Show host and auto enthusiast Jay Leno and Green Car Journal staff.
About the Los Angeles Auto Show®
As the first major North American auto show of the season, the 2012 LA
Auto Show will host some of the industry’s most important new vehicle
debuts and set the tone for the rest of the year. The dates are Nov.
28 and 29 for press and Nov. 30 – Dec. 9 for the public. Media must
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About Green Car of the Year®
The GCOY award is an important part of Green Car Journal’s mission to
showcase environmental progress in the auto industry. Since 1992,
Green Car Journal has focused on the intersection of automobiles,
energy, and environment, first with an industry newsletter and then
with an award-winning auto enthusiast magazine. Today, the magazine is
considered the premier source of information on high fuel efficiency,
low emission, advanced technology, and alternative fuel vehicles. The
nonprofit Green Car Institute pursues a tangential mission of research
and education to promote cleaner and more efficient transportation.
Green Car of the Year® is a registered trademark of Green Car Journal
and RJ Cogan Specialty Publications Group, Inc.