2015 Green Car Of The Year Finalists Announced

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BMW i3 Is Accustomed To Being An Award Finalist

BMW i3 Is Accustomed To Being An Award Finalist

VW e-Golf A Finalist Too By Virtue of Being a Golf

VW e-Golf A Finalist Too By Virtue of Being a Golf

Usually, we’re rather enthusiastic when a plug-in vehicle gets selected as a finalist for an award, but in the case of the Green Car Journal announcing the BMW i3 as one of the five finalists for 2015 “Green Car of the Year,” we’re not jumping up and down in celebration.

Why?  Well, Green Car Journal has a track record of naming somewhat worthy finalists, but then picking undeserving winners.

When you see the list of 5 finalists, it’s obvious the BMW i3 is the clear winner, but we wouldn’t be at all surprised if Green Car Journal ends up selecting the bi-fueled Impala or even the diesel Audi A3.

Here are the 5 finalists for the 2015 “Green Car of the Year” award:

Audi A3 TDI
Audi’s all-new A3 TDI presents an exciting choice 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.

The BMW i3 is the clear winner here, right?

Last year, Green Car Journal selected the Honda Accord as the “Green Car of the Year” winner.  In 2013, the list of 5 finalists included not one plug-in vehicle:

  • Dodge Dart Aero
  • Ford C-MAX
  • Ford Fusion
  • Mazda CX-5 SkyACTIV
  • Toyota Prius c

The credibility of the selections made by Green Car Journal has been questioned for years now.  2008 winner of the Green Car of the Year?  Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid.  How’s that green?

Press release:

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2015 “GREEN CAR OF THE YEAR””

Green Car Journal to Reveal Winner of 10th Annual Award at LA Auto Show” Press & Trade Days, November 20

LOS ANGELES, CA (October 21, 2014) – Green Car Journal has announced its five finalists for the magazine’s high-profile 2015 Green Car of the Year® program. The 2015 models include the Audi A3 TDI, BMW i3, Chevrolet Impala Bi-Fuel, Honda Fit, and VW Golf. The Green Car of the Year® award, an honor widely recognized as the auto industry’s most important environmental accolade, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

An increasing number of vehicle models are considered for the Green Car of the Year® program each year, a reflection of the auto industry’s expanding efforts in offering new vehicles with higher efficiency and improved environmental impact. Green Car Journal has been honoring the most important “green” vehicles every year at the LA Auto Show, since its inaugural award announced at the show in 2005.

“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 and CarsOfChange.com. “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.”

The Finalists:

Audi A3 TDI

Audi’s all-new A3 TDI presents an exciting choice 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.

The Green Car of the Year® is selected through a majority vote by an esteemed jury that includes celebrity auto enthusiast Jay Leno, plus leaders of noted 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.

During the award’s vetting process, Green Car Journal editors consider all vehicles, fuels, and technologies as an expansive field of potential candidates is narrowed down to a final five. Finalists are selected for their achievements in raising the bar in environmental performance. Availability to the mass market is a factor to ensure honored 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.

About Green Car of the Year®

The GCOY 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. Today, the magazine is considered the premier source of information on high fuel efficiency, low emission, advanced technology, and alternative fuel vehicles. CarsOfChange.com presents ‘green car’ articles online along with a focus on infotainment and connectivity. Green Car of the Year® is a registered trademark of Green Car Journal and RJ Cogan Specialty Publications Group, Inc.

About the Los Angeles Auto Show and Connected Car Expo

The Los Angeles Auto Show was founded in 1907, and is the first major North American auto show of the season each year. Press and Trade show days for the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show will be held on Nov. 18-20. The show will be open to the public Nov. 21 – Nov. 30. The Connected Car Expo (CCE) is the automotive industry’s most comprehensive showcase of new mobility solutions and will take place on November 18, and continue in conjunction with the 2014 LA Auto Show® Press & Trade Days. The LA Auto Show is endorsed by the Greater L.A. New Car Dealer Association and is operated by ANSA Productions. To receive the latest show news and information, follow the Los Angeles Auto Show on Twitter at twitter.com/LAAutoShow or via Facebook at facebook.com/LosAngelesAutoShow and sign up for alerts at www.LAAutoShow.com. For more information on CCE please visit http://connectedcarexpo.com/

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6 responses to "2015 Green Car Of The Year Finalists Announced"

  1. Alaa says:

    None of the above!

  2. pjwood says:

    I hope they embarrass themselves. Easy this time.

    What’s “new” about Audi’s 2.0? Do they offer an out of warranty repair escrow?

  3. What definition of ‘green’ was used?

    These selection seem odd if green is at all related to low economic operating costs and low impact on the environment (particle emissions that effect health and GHGs that impact climate).

    eg:
    A Honda Fit is less green that a Honda Civic.
    Why no e-Golf, or hybrid Golf … what make TDI Golf greener?
    Is an Audi Q5 Quattro Hybrd not more green than an TDI Audi?
    Chevrolet Impala Bi-Fuel … what is ‘bi’ fuel, clearly it’s not short fort ‘bio’! Would using 89 and 91 octane be considered ‘bi-fueled’. What about using geothermo, wind, solar, hydro, etc … could we call these ‘bye-bye-fueled’?
    This list is missing the heart and soul of green … as in no Soul EV. Also left out was MB B-Class.

    The BMW i3 seems to stand alone on this list in having what are traditionally viewed as green characteristics.

    1. pjwood says:

      The trick is to pick luminaries of the environment, and limit their selections. If BMW wins, they’ll get to hype what I don’t think is really selling i3’s (funky woods, fabrics, uber-sustainability).

  4. Lensman says:

    Seriously, selecting so-called “clean diesel” cars as contenders for “green car of the year”?

    Only if they define “green” as “marginally less polluting than a typical gas guzzler”. “Clean diesel” is like “clean coal”: There is no such thing. It’s just a greenwashing slogan.

    With all the new plug-in EVs coming on the market, it’s a tragedy this journal chose to give attention to cars which get all their miles from burning oil.