The U.S.-based Green Car Journal has announced five finalists for the magazine’s 2015 Green Car of the Year program.
It's a diverse collection that includes:
Audi A3 TDI - Audi’s all-new A3 TDI presents an alternative for those looking to go upscale and ‘green,’ appearing for the first time as a stylish four-door sedan featuring the automaker’s new fuel-efficient, 2.0-liter TDI clean diesel power plant.
BMW i3 - Offering a lightweight carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) body on an aluminum space frame, BMW’s innovative i3 offers environment-conscious drivers all-electric drive with an optional internal combustion range extender.
Chevrolet Impala Bi-Fuel - The Chevrolet Impala Bi-Fuel sedan breaks new ground by offering the comfort and functionality of a popular mid-size four-door sedan with the ability to drive on affordable clean natural gas or conventional gasoline.
Honda Fit - Honda’s third-generation Fit features a new space-efficient body and flexible seating configuration to bring class-leading interior room, combined with 41 highway mpg from a new 1.5-liter Earth Dreams gasoline engine.
Volkswagen Golf - VW’s seventh-generation Golf offers something for everyone in a stylish and fun package, with new 2.0-liter TDI clean diesel, efficient four-cylinder gasoline, and in some areas of the country, all-electric drive.
“These five exceptional vehicles reflect an expanding ‘green’ car field that embraces diverse fuels and technologies as answers to a more efficient and low carbon future,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal. “Each offers a distinctly different approach to driving ‘green’ that appeals to buyers with varying needs and perspectives on how best to lessen environmental impact, while maintaining the joy of driving,” he added.
The winner will be announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 20, 2014. Green Car Journal has been announcing its choice for Green Car of the Year at the LA show since the inaugural award in 2005.
The 2014 Green Car of the Year was the Honda Accord Hybrid (pictured).
The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) will announce the winner of its Canadian Green Car of the Year at the Vancouver auto show next March.
Finalists for the Green Car Journal award are selected for their achievements in raising the bar in environmental performance. Availability to the mass market is a factor to ensure honoured models have the potential to make a real difference in environmental impact, and finalists must be available for sale by January 1st of the award year.
The Green Car Journal's Green Car of the Year is selected by majority vote of a jury that includes celebrity auto enthusiast Jay Leno plus leaders of environmental and efficiency organizations, including: Jean-Michel Cousteau, president of Ocean Futures Society; Matt Petersen, board member of Global Green USA; Dr. Alan Lloyd, President Emeritus of the International Council on Clean Transportation; Mindy Lubber, President of CERES; and Kateri Callahan, President of the Alliance to Save Energy.