USA Today, “Nissan Leaf, Ford Fiesta up for Green Car of the Year”

October 22, 2010

From NRDC. Thank you; NRDC in the News.
Matt
By James R. Healey

The Los Angeles auto show says the list of potential Green Car of the Year winners is narrowed to five models, ranging from the gasoline-power Ford Fiesta to the all-battery Nissan Leaf.

It’s the first time the list of finalists has included electric cars — Leaf and Chevrolet Volt. Also on the list: gasoline-only Fiesta and gas-electric hybrid versions of the Lincoln MKZ premium mid-size sedan and Hyundai Sonata mid-size sedan.

The finalists “reflect an auto industry in transition,” says Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal, sponsor of the award, which will be presented Nov. 18 at the LA show:

Including the Fiesta, rated as high as 40 miles per gallon on the highway, “underscores that internal combustion continues to evolve in important ways,” Cogan says.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the award is the jury who will decide:

Carl Pope, chairman of the Sierra Club; Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council; Jean-Michel Cousteau, president of Ocean Futures Society; Matt Petersen, president of Global Green USA; entertainer Jay Leno, a well-known auto enthusiast and collector; legendary auto man Carroll Shelby, who created the high-performance Cobra for Ford in the 1960s and go-fast Ford Mustangs since then, had a hand in developing the crazy-fast Dodge Viper, and has his fingerprints on uncounted other swift street machines that you might consider the antithesis of “green” because of their appetites for fuel.

Laudable attempt at balance and diversity.

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