• Dec 1, 2006
The onslaught of COTY awards continues, and the Toyota Camry Hybrid can add another trophy to the case after being named 2007 Green Car of the Year yesterday on the last day of the 2006 LA Auto Show. The Camry Hybrid and its purely petrol sister car also won Motor Trend's golden calipers earlier this month.
Sponsored by Green Car Journal, the GCOTY award is voted on by four of the magazine's editors and a host of outside judges including none other than the guru of gasoline, Carroll Shelby. Other cars in contention included the Honda Civic GX, Lexus LS450H, Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec and Saturn Vue Green Line. AutoblogGreen was on hand during the press conference and learned from one of the judges that the Camry Hybrid's mainstream appeal was a big factor in the decision. This was the second time Green Car Journal has given the award, with last year's inaugural CGOTY award going to Mercury Mariner Hybrid.

The award was accepted by Ed La Rocque, Toyota's national car marketing manager, who immediately dedicated the award to Dave Hermance, Toyota's lead engineer on hybrid projects who died in a private plane crash less than a week ago.

[Source: AutoblogGreen]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      It's no surprise the Camry Hybrid won with those vehicles being the competition.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I covered the LA Auto Show and shot the video clip of the 2007 Green Car of the Year Award. You can see it and read full details at http://www.WomensAutomotiveNetwork.TV I also have my video posted as Reason # 9266 on Toyota's Hybrid Synergy community site. Toyota did a nice job with their site and there are a lot of new members.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's a great car, the Camry Hybrid that is. Around town it gets well above 40MPG if you aren't stupid with the gas pedal. At 72MPH I get a constant 39MPG - and if I'm moving along in a train of traffic (and drafting the person in front of me) it will get 42MPG at 75MPH. Plus when you need to punch it it's all there; R&T measured 0-60MPH in 7.3 seconds. Add leather, nav, sunroof and a set of aftermarket rims...and you have a near perfect car. Now if people would just stop buying the dang things! They are turning up everywhere LOL....
      • 8 Years Ago
      Um, yesterday wasn't the last day of the LA Auto Show. It's going on until Dec. 10th. See their website at http://www.laautoshow.com/