SAN ANTONIO, Nov. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ram ProMaster City has been named Green Car Journal's 2017 Commercial Green Car of the Year™, the second year in a row the versatile compact van has won the award and the first time any model has achieved back-to-back wins in the Green Car Awards™ program. Additionally, Honda's all-new generation Ridgeline has been honored as the magazine's 2017 Green Truck of the Year™. These prestigious awards, which acknowledge environmental leadership in the popular pickup and light commercial vehicle fields, were announced in the heart of 'truck country' at the Green Car Journal press conference held at the San Antonio Auto & Truck Show in Texas.
The Ram ProMaster City compact commercial van and wagon are ideally-sized for city use where maneuverability and versatility are key. The model's strong suit is offering the hauling and commercial-use capabilities desired by tradesmen, small businesses, and fleets combined with 21 city and class-leading 29 highway mpg. It's powered by a 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder engine with efficiency-enhancing Multiair technology and a nine-speed automatic transmission.
Honda's all-new second generation Ridgeline returns to American highways with a design that's more truck-like and refined at the same time. The model's signature unibody construction delivers a smooth car-like ride unsurpassed in the pickup field, providing the functionality needed by most truck buyers with the ability to carry a 1500-pound load, tow up to 5,000 pounds, and transport five occupants in comfort. Its 280 horsepower V-6 provides satisfying acceleration and 26 mpg highway fuel efficiency.
Focusing on the unique combination of hard-working functionality and environmental achievement, the Green Car Awards™ at the San Antonio Auto & Truck Show recognize vehicles that do the heavy lifting in real life while also keeping an eye on lower emissions, higher efficiency, and overall environmental improvement. Green Car Journal editors weigh the merits of all potential vehicles through its vetting process and narrow down the field to five candidates, which are then considered by the Green Car Awards™ jury.
Finalists for this year's 2017 Green Truck of the Year™ included the Chevrolet Colorado, Ford F-250 Super Duty, GMC Canyon, Honda Ridgeline, and Ram 1500. Vying for the 2017 Commercial Green Car of the Year™ were the Ford F-250 Super Duty, Ford Transit Connect, Mercedes-Benz Metris, Nissan Titan XD, and Ram ProMaster City.
About Green Car Journal
The Green Truck of the Year™ and Commercial Green Car of the Year™ awards are an important part of Green Car Journal's mission to showcase environmental progress in the auto industry. The award-winning magazine, along with its companion website GreenCarJournal.com, is considered a premier source of information on high fuel efficiency, low emission, connected, and advanced technology vehicles.
About the San Antonio Auto & Truck Show
Presented by the San Antonio Automobile Dealers Association, the 48th annual San Antonio Auto & Truck Show runs from November 10-13 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. South Texas' premier automotive event highlights the auto industry's newest innovations and provides a 'one-stop shop' for the latest cars, trucks, and technologies. Visit www.saautoshow.com.
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