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article imageFive finalists vie for Canada’s first Green Car Award

By John Duarte     Apr 6, 2013 in Technology
Toronto - Two Fords, a Hyundai, a Mazda and a Volkswagen are all that’s left in the running to be named Canada’s first ‘Green Car’ of the year.
The inaugural Canada Green Car Award is presented by Green Living Enterprises, which hosts the annual Green Living Show, and the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), whose members selected the winner from a variety of environmentally-advanced vehicles nominated by their respective manufacturers.
The five finalists were announced this week, ahead of the Green Living Show to be held April 12 to 14 in Toronto. Making the bid for the award are the Ford C-MAX Energi and Fusion Hybrid, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, the Mazda3 and the Volkswagen Jetta Turbocharged Diesel.
Peter Gorrie, who headed AJAC’s Green Car Award steering committee, said judges found the selection process difficult as the entrants “incorporate such differing routes to greener living.”
“Driving is the most energy-intensive action people do every day,” said AJAC member Michael Bettencourt. “Our hope is this award will shine a light on how folks can improve their health, their planet and their monthly fuel bills, if they have to use a car.”
The competition evaluated emissions and fuel economy as well as considering environmental features incorporated into each vehicle, such as the use of recycled or naturally-sourced materials. Also considered were factors like build quality, consumer appeal, driving experience and, of course, purchase price.
“After all, a car loaded with green features will make a difference only if it sells in large numbers and supplants lesser models,” Gorrie said of the five finalists, which included three conventional hybrids, a plug-in hybrid and a highly-efficient combustion vehicle. “While EVs (electric vehicles) represent impressive technology that focus might have prevented the four battery-electric nominees from making the final five.”
Also nominated for the award were the Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel and Volt, the Ford Edge EcoBoost and Focus Electric, the Mazda CX-5 and Mazda6, the Mercedes-Benz B250 Turbo, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, the Nissan Leaf and the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive.
The 2013 Canadian Green Car Award winner will be announced on April 12, during the Green Living Show at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto.
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