The 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show is just about a month away and the crowning of the “Green Car of the Year” award is one of the exciting parts of the event. Green Car Journal has announced the finalists for this year’s award, including the 2016 Audi A3 e-tron, Chevy Volt, Honda Civic, Hyundai Sonata, and Toyota Prius.


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Green Car Journal has honored the most important green vehicles each year at the LA Auto Show since 2005. And since the award’s inception, the number of contenders increases with every new year. “This is the strongest field of finalists we’ve seen in our annual Green Car of the Year® program,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of the Green Car Journal. “Each of the five nominees makes a strong environmental statement in distinctly different ways, with a common strategy of recognizing what’s most important to today’s drivers. Their use of wide-ranging powertrain technologies underscores that all approaches are essential to achieving important environmental goals.”

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Green Car Journal editors consider all vehicles, fuels and technologies for the award. Some of the deciding factors include efficiency, emissions levels, overall performance and affordability.

This year, all of the vehicles besides the Honda Civic use some sort of electrification. The A3 e-tron is Audi’s first electrified model, the second-generation Volt can now travel up to 53 miles in electric mode and this fall the all-new fourth-generation Toyota Prius arrives. The Honda Civic is being recognized for its hybrid-like fuel economy and the Sonata is also a finalist, since it offers both hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains.

The 2016 Green Car of the Year award will be announced at the LA Auto Show on 19 November.

+ Green Car Journal

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