The editors at Green Car Journal have announced their picks to succeed the Chevy Tahoe hybrid as the Green Car of the Year. The five finalists for 2009 cover all the bases including hybrid, diesel and really small. The vehicles up for the award include the Ford Fusion hybrid, the Saturn Vue 2 Mode hybrid, the BMW 335d, the VW Jetta TDI and the Smart ForTwo. To qualify, the cars have to be in production by January 1, 2009. Last year at the LA Auto Show, editor Ron Cogan announced the Tahoe as the winner based the fact that it brought a huge improvement in efficiency to what was then still a huge market segment. As we now know that's no longer the case. We'll learn who the winner is in a few weeks, but for now, please cast your own vote from among these new models.
|BMW 335d||287 (5.7%)|
|Ford Fusion hybrid||3329 (65.8%)|
|Saturn Vue 2 Mode hybrid||382 (7.6%)|
|Smart ForTwo||294 (5.8%)|
|Volkswagen Jetta TDI||766 (15.1%)|
[Source: Green Car Journal]