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It's end of the year time, otherwise known as car of the year time in the automotive world.

This year, Green Car Journal has created additional "Green Award" categories so that the Journal can announce numerous "green" award recipients, not just one.

Those new categories, along with the finalists, are:

  • 2015 Luxury Green Car of the Year™ - Audi A8 TDI, BMW i8, Cadillac ELR, Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid, and Tesla Model S
  • 2015 Green Car Technology Award™ - BMW i8 Plug-In Hybrid Powertrain, BMW i3 REx Range Extender, Chevrolet CNG Bi-Fuel Powertrain, Ford F-150 Aluminum Body, Ford 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6, Honda 1.5-liter Earth Dreams Engine, Kia Soul Electric Powertrain, Tesla Dual Motor AWD, Volvo Drive-E, and the VW e-Golf Electric Powertrain
  • 2015 Green SUV of the Year™ - Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell, Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel, Lexus NX 300h, and Mazda CX-5
Winners in all 3 categories will be announced on January 22.

Our picks to win among the finalists are:

2015 Luxury Green Car of the Year™ - BMW i8 (sorry, Tesla Model S is not a luxury car.  i8 is borderline non-luxury too, so maybe the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid gets the win simply by virtue of being the only true luxury green car listed)

2015 Green Car Technology Award™ - Tesla Dual Motor AWD (no brainer here)

2015 Green SUV of the Year™ - Odd category with nothing "green" listed among the finalists, so no winner this year.

Press release below:

Green Car Journal Announces Finalists for Technology, SUV, and Luxury Green Car Awards

WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Green Car Journal has announced finalists for the 2015 Luxury Green Car of the Year™, 2015 Green Car Technology Award™, and 2015 Green SUV of the Year™, part of the expanded Green Car Awards program at The Washington Auto Show®. Winners will be announced in Washington DC during the show's Public Policy Day at the Washington Convention Center on January 22.

"Automakers are stepping up to meet the challenge of offering increasingly efficient, environmentally positive vehicles in all classes of vehicles," said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of the Green Car Journal and CarsOfChange.com. "Their achievements in improving environmental impact in the popular SUV segment, an inclusive focus on aspirational vehicles, and use of innovative 'green' technologies deserve to be recognized."

Green SUV of the Year™ finalists include the Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell, Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel, Lexus NX 300h, and Mazda CX-5. These notable crossovers and SUVs include hybrid, hydrogen, high efficiency gasoline, and clean diesel models.

Finalists for Luxury Green Car of the Year™ are the Audi A8 TDI, BMW i8, Cadillac ELR, Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid, and Tesla Model S. The field includes clean diesel, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery electric aspirational vehicles that achieve improved environmental performance in distinctly different ways.

Green Car Technology Award™ finalists comprise an array of enabling technologies that make it possible for vehicle models of all types to achieve improved environmental performance. The field of finalists includes the BMW i8 Plug-In Hybrid Powertrain, BMW i3 REx Range Extender, Chevrolet CNG Bi-Fuel Powertrain, Ford F-150 Aluminum Body, Ford 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6, Honda 1.5-liter Earth Dreams Engine, Kia Soul Electric Powertrain, Tesla Dual Motor AWD, Volvo Drive-E, and the VW e-Golf Electric Powertrain. The Cadillac ELR's 'Regen on Demand' system was honored as the Green Car Technology Award winner in 2014 with Mazda's SKYACTIV technology honored in 2013.

"As the central address where the auto industry meets public policy, The Washington Auto Show recognizes the critical role of sustainability in this sector and our role in promoting progress," said Kevin Reilly, chairman, The Washington Auto Show, washingtonautoshow.com. "We are thrilled to partner with the Green Car Journal in putting those issues front and center."

About Green Car Journal The award-winning Green Car Journal has focused on the intersection of automobiles, energy, and environment since its launch in 1992. As part of its mission, the magazine hosts events, produces ride-and-drives of advanced and clean fuel vehicles, and conducts various outreach efforts to educate consumers on better and more environmentally positive vehicle choices.

About WANADA and The Washington Auto Show The 2015 staging of the 73rd Washington Auto Show in Washington, DC, known in the industry as the 'Public Policy Show,' will offer a showcase of more than 700 vehicles from over 42 domestic and import auto manufacturers and a special exhibit of the world's most luxurious rides. In addition, The Washington Auto Show has been accredited by OICA, the industry credentialing organization for the top auto shows in the world, as one of the five top tier Auto Shows in America. The 2015 Washington Auto Show: Public Policy Days, Wednesday, Jan. 21 (Capitol Hill), Thursday, Jan. 22 (Washington Convention Center) and Public Days, Fri. Jan. 23-Sunday, Feb.1.