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 http://www.greencar.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
For the second year in a row, the LA Auto Show will be held in the
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
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