• Apr 9, 2009
Click above for a high res gallery of the finalists

At the New York Auto Show this morning, the organizers of the World Car of the Year competition honored four cars that garnered the most votes in their respective categories from an international jury of journalists. While other categories were open to all newly introduced cars, the Green Car of the Year started with a list of 22 significant cars that had been produced in volumes of at least 10 and were in the hands of customers or test fleets. A team of three international experts in the field representing North America, Europe and Asia (including yours truly) examined the list and narrowed it down to five finalists. Among those, the top three vote-getters from the overall jury were the Honda FCX Clarity, Toyota iQ and Mitsubishi iMiEV, with the fuel cell-powered Clarity taking the top prize.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Why am I not surprised... especially if the other finalists are theToyota iQ and Mitsubishi iMiEV haha.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The world car of the year that you can't buy and can only lease in California.
      Sounds great.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sounds like GM only needs to make 100 Volts and I guess it will be a success, too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      this is a flippin' category???

      The other award categories, three out of four were econo-boxes... Was that not enough?

      this "green" thing is getting old, and overplayed. It is tiresome, and is ruining a perfectly good color in the process...
        • 5 Years Ago
        They are ruining a good color.
      • 5 Years Ago
      all three not available to general U.S. public...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yup and the winner? Never will be. Almost a million each? fuel produced from fossil fuels? yes, keep the astroturfing going auto industry, it's space fuel, we'll eat it up. At least Mitsubishi IS releasing their car for sale and will be selling it in the US. Though props to Honda, GM should roll out their fuel cell sled from back in the day to grab some of these fantasy awards as well.
        • 5 Years Ago
        and the worst thing is the clarity isn't available to the general publc in the US, or Europe, or Japan...... or anywhere! it's absolutely ridiculous how much PR honda gets for making 100 people pay to be their guinea pigs for this experiment. GM is doing the same thing... they just don't charge the people who get the fuel cell cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hell, lower the bar, not even mass produced, but simply SOLD. you can't buy one, period.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Being ugly was also another award it won.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So...they picked the only one that's completely useless. At least with the other two, they could be used by the average consumer. There is no infrastructure for the Clarity outside of their test area. I guess I know what "green" really means now...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed. It's all touchy-feely-huggy to declare the vehicle that runs on hydrogen... the awarders didn't really think about the practicality of finding hydrogen filling stations, which are as rare as pixie dust and chicken teeth.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This craps ridiculous. first of all this car costs out the a$$ and its not available and fossil fuels are used to make hydrogen so this doesn't solve any environmental issues.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sickens me that we won’t get one those East of the Rockies for at least a decade, if ever. How about awarding green cars that can be mass-produced and not just test cars or Hollywood status symbols.
      • 5 Years Ago
      These "experts" picked the Clarity? What has Honda done with hydrogen that BMW has not already done? This is nothing new, and it's also unrealistic. This technology will likely never be mass-produced as it's too expensive. At least the other two vehicles are realistic. International experts = fail.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They use hydrogen in a totally different way. Get your facts straight.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Experts....

        These are industry shills who know where Political Correctness is. It isn't a technical issue, and it never has been.

        Hydrogen as a fuel makes some sense... in a ROCKET. Otherwise, it doesn't, and it is far too difficult and expensive to handle, and to isolate. Atomic or molecular hydrogen does not occur in nature without being bonded to some other elements, or the sun.

        Electricity is not a fuel. It is transmitted energy from somewhere else. A fuel is stored energy converted right on board, from the fuel itself being consumed in the conversion process from matter to some energy.

        So far, this green stuff is trying to re-invent the wheel with some other shape.

        "Well, if 8 sides won't work, what about 12, or 16 sides... what do you mean it still isn't as smooth and efficient as a circle?"

        Use the wheel that is already invented, and is already working. Make the wheel spin more smoothly, and more freely, with less energy input, or whatever... but trying to fundamentally change it is chasing a fictional wild goose.

        Maybe when someone comes up with the energy-source equivalent to flight, maybe then we can move beyond the energy-source equivalent to the wheel.
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