In the time of the “green” car popularity the World Green Car of the Year is a great award which allows the automotive world to understand whose work brought the best result. This is a part of the World Car of the Year competition and its finalists are announced at New-York Auto Show in April. Last year the World Green Car award was won by BMW 118d.
The candidates for the list of finalists this year are chosen by journalists from around the world. The main requirements for the participants are: they have to be new and on sale by December 31.
This year the finalists are various in sizes and brands. There are more than 20 candidates. THe list includes European autos like German Smart ED, Audi Q7 3.0 TDI, Mercedes-Benz ML/R/GL320 Bluetec and BMW 335d BluePerformance, Italian Fiat Palio Weekend Electric and Fiat Siena Tetrafuel model, French Citroën C1 and British Mini Cooper D and Mini E. The Swedish Volvo that still belongs to Ford but is going to be sold has five candidates for this award: Volvo C30 1.6D DRIVe, Volvo S40 1.6D DRIVe, Volvo S80 2.5 FT (Flexifuel), Volvo V50 1.6D DRIVe and Volvo V70 2.5 FT (Flexifuel).
The other vehicles on the list are North American Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon hybrids and Tesla Roadster and a number of Asian cars: Honda FCX Clarity, Mazda Hydrogen Rotary RX8, Mitsubishi i MIEV, Nissan X-Trail 20 GT, Subaru Legacy/Outback PZEV and Toyota iQ.