Photos: Five Finalists Compete for 2008 Green Car of the Year(R) Award at the Los Angeles Auto Show

Jay Leno Joins Jurors Who Will Select the Winner of the Auto Industry's Top

Environmental Honor

Oct 29, 2007, 01:00 ET from LA Auto Show

    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The winner of the 2008 Green Car
 of the Year(R) award has been narrowed to five nominees, according to an
 announcement by Green Car Journal, the leading automotive environmental
 magazine. The winner will be announced on Nov. 15 during Press Days at the
 Los Angeles Auto Show.
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     "There has been significant movement in the auto industry toward making
 mainstream models 'greener' in recent years, with notable milestones in
 fuel efficiency and low emissions," says Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of
 the Green Car Journal. "This is especially evident with hybrids, where
 gasoline-electric hybrid technology is being applied to popular models in
 the most important vehicle classes where consumers are shopping."
     This mainstreaming of hybrid technology is reflected in the five
 nominees for the 2008 Green Car of the Year(R) award: The 2008 Chevrolet
 Malibu Hybrid, Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid, Mazda Tribute Hybrid, Nissan Altima
 Hybrid, and Saturn Aura Hybrid.
     "The fact that all five Green Car of the Year(R) nominees are hybrids
 this year is a clear indication that the auto industry's significant
 investment of time and resources into gasoline-electric hybrid technology
 is paying off," explains Cogan. "Hybrids were not a specific focus during
 our nomination process. There are many pathways to achieving efficiency and
 emissions goals, and hybrids, while popular, represent just one of these."
     Each of the nominees achieves "firsts" in specific ways. All, of
 course, feature fuel efficiency gains and offer extremely low emissions
 with advanced technologies used to further increase their environmental
 performance. The Chevrolet Tahoe, a popular larger SUV, is now much more
 fuel efficient through the use of an all-new two-mode hybrid technology.
 Mazda's Tribute Hybrid is this auto maker's first-ever gasoline-electric
 hybrid model and exemplifies the continuing evolution of fuel efficient
 hybrid technology shared with related brands. The Chevrolet Malibu and
 Saturn Aura hybrids showcase affordable hybrid technology available in
 mass-market sedans. Nissan's Altima Hybrid represents this brand's
 first-ever use of hybrid technology to blend higher efficiencies and
 performance in its popular sport sedan.
     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, 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 factors. All nominees must be on sale
 by January 1st of the award year.
     Jurors include leaders of the nation's top environmental organizations,
 including Carl Pope, executive director of the Sierra Club; Christopher
 Flavin, president of Worldwatch Institute; Jean-Michel Cousteau, president
 of Ocean Futures Society; and Jonathan Lash, President of the World
 Resources Institute. Also, Jay Leno noted auto enthusiast and host of the
 "Tonight Show" as well as automotive icon Carroll Shelby join four Green
 Car Journal editors to round out the 2008 jury.
     About Green Car of the Year(R)
     The Green Car of the Year(R) 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. For more
 information, visit 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
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 fall. The show opens for media only Nov. 14 and 15. Public days run from
 Nov. 16-25 including Thanksgiving Day. For general information, visit