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Green Car of the Year 2011 finalists

2010-10-26 10:42

GREEN CAR: Ford's Fiesta hatchback is in the running to be crowned the 2011 Green Car of the Year.

The five Green Car of the Year finalists have been revealed and, in a true sign of the times, four of the five incorporate previously-alternative drive technology.

The five cars are the Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Volt, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Lincoln MKZ Hybrid and the Nissan Leaf.

During the selection process a number of vehicles using different fuels and technologies were considered, but nominees had to stand out at models that advance “environmental performance in meaningful and quantifiable ways”.

Said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal, which runs the annual contest, and editor of GreenCar.com: "These five 2011 Green Car of the Year finalists reflect an auto industry in transition.

"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."

Market significance and “newness” are also considered as part of the selection criteria, Green Car Journal noted.

All cars nominated must be on sale in the US by January 1 of 2011 and the winner will be announced at the New York Auto Show’s press days starting November 18, 2010.

The 2010 Green Car of the Year is the Audi A3 2.0 TDI.
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