8:45 am - So, the choices for the 2009 Green Car of the Year are:
- BMW 335d
- Ford Fusion hybrid
- Saturn Vue 2 Mode hybrid
- Smart ForTwo
- Volkswagen Jetta TDI
The ceremony should start in a few minutes. Then we'll know who wins this thing.
8:48 am - Ron Cogan, editor of Green Car Journal - the people behind this whole event - takes the stand. He says that meaningful impact will only come with big fuel efficiency gains "across the board."
8:50 am - since we don't liveblog many events on AutoblogGreen, I'll explain that all you need to do to see the immediate updates is to refresh the page a lot (hit F5 or click reload). I'll post the winning car as soon as it's announced, so click early and often :)
8:52 am - To be considered, a car must be introduced after January 1, and the GCJ jury gives precedence to models young in their lifespan.
8:54 am - the winner is a diesel
8:55 am - it's the Jetta TDI! Nice.
9:03 am - that was over quickly. More pictures in a minute.
9:34 am - Gallery added and there's a press release after the jump.