The award is said to recognize the class-leading environmental performance of the Accord family of vehicles, including the fuel-efficient and low emissions Accord four-cylinder and V-6 Coupe and Sedan, the Accord Hybrid and the Accord Plug-in Hybrid.
The recently-introduced 2014 Accord Hybrid is also a finalist for Best New Family Car (> $30K) in the Automobile Journalist Association of Canada's (AJAC) Canadian Car of the Year competition. The basic Accord won the AJAC Canadian Car of the Year honours for 2013.
"I want to say thank you to Green Car Journal, not just for honoring Accord, but for shining a spotlight on the environment and our shared vision for an ultra-low carbon future," said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president of Automobile Operations at American Honda, in accepting the award.
Among the reasons stated for the choice of the Accord was its ability to offer an energy-efficient choice for a wide range of buyers, from those seeking better fuel efficiency in a conventionally powered model to those desiring the milestone efficiency of a world-class hybrid or plug-in hybrid.
"With its efficient internal combustion, hybrid, and plug-in choices, the 2014 Honda Accord delivers exactly what consumers are looking for today," said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal."
Other finalists for the award were the Audi A6 TDI, BMW 328d, Mazda3 and Toyota Corolla.
It's the second Honda to earn the journal's Green Car of the Year honours in the past three years, with the 2012 Civic Natural Gas model (not available in Canada) given the distinction in 2011.
Other Green Car of the Year winners have included: Ford Fusion (2013); Chevrolet Volr (2011); Audi A3 TDI (2010); Volkswagen Jetta TDI (2009); Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid (2008); Toyota Camry Hybrid (2007); and Mercury Mariner Hybrid (2006).
The 2014 Green Car of the Year jurors include: Jean-Michel Cousteau, president of Ocean Futures Society; Kateri Callahan, president of the Alliance to Save Energy; Matt Petersen, board member of Global Green USA; Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council; Dr. Alan Lloyd, president of the International Council on Clean Transportation and former head of the California Air Resources Board and Cal/EPA; auto enthusiast and Tonight Show host Jay Leno; and the Green Car Journal editors.
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