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Ladies and Gentlemen, your finalists for the 2013 Green Car of the Year: the Dodge Dart Aero, Ford C-Max and Fusion, Mazda CX-5 and Toyota Prius C. The list runs the gamut of fuel-efficient powertrains, from hybrids and plug-ins to high-mileage gas burners. The Fords, for example, make the list in part because they come in both hybrids and plug-in hybrid flavors.

The GCOTY is sponsored by Green Car Journal every year, and the publication looks for vehicles a lot of people will want to buy. Specifically, GCJ's press release says, "All are affordable mass-market products that provide drivers full functionality and mainstream appeal, paving the way for making a difference in fuel use and overall emissions in daily driving."

These five vehicles are also the cars that Green Car Journal is calling the "Top 5 Green Cars for 2013." From here, GCJ's jury of "top environmental leaders" along with celeb car buff Jay Leno and the GCJ staff will pick a winner.

Past Green Car of the Year winners have been the Honda Civic Natural Gas (2012), the Chevrolet Volt (2011), the Audi A3 TDI (2010), the Volkswagen Jetta TDI (2009) and the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid (2008). The 2013 winner will be announced at the LA Auto Show on November 29. What do you think it should be?

Who should win the 2013 Green Car of the Year award?
Dodge Dart Aero 439 (14.5%)
Ford C-Max 954 (31.5%)
Ford Fusion 684 (22.6%)
Mazda CX-5 Skyactiv 479 (15.8%)
Toyota Prius C 469 (15.5%)
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Hybrid, Plug-in and High MPG Gasoline Vehicles Vie for 2013 Green Car of the Year Honor
Winner to be Revealed at LA Auto Show Press Conference on November 29


LOS ANGELES October 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Five exceptional vehicles have been named finalists for Green Car Journal's, 2013 Green Car of the Year®. For the eighth consecutive year, the Green Car of the Year will recognize and honor environmental leadership in the automotive field. The winner will be announced at a press conference during the LA Auto Show Press Days on Nov. 29. This year's finalists include the Dodge Dart Aero, Ford C-MAX, Ford Fusion, Mazda CX-5 SkyACTIV and the Toyota Prius c.

"This is a very exciting time for the Green Car of the Year program," said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of the Green Car Journal and president of the Green Car Institute. "For two decades now, Green Car Journal has documented the 'greening' of the auto industry, from a time of mere concepts and demonstration programs to today, when the sheer number of environmentally positive production vehicles available to consumers is just eye-opening."

Cogan points out that the shift toward 'green' vehicles is great for new car buyers who want to drive cleaner and more efficiently, while still experiencing the joy of driving. "What's tougher these days is narrowing down the universe of great candidates to a field of five nominees, as we have today," said Cogan.

This 'greenest' field-of-five - representing not only the five finalists for the 2013 Green Car of the Year award but also Green Car Journal's distinguished 'Top 5 Green Cars for 2013' - underscores the evolving auto industry's increasing focus on efficiencies and tailpipe/CO2 emissions. The high mpg Dodge Dart Aero and Mazda CX-5 SkyACTIV show that conventionally-powered, internal combustion vehicles can indeed compete with the efficiencies of hybrids. Toyota's Prius c continues this automaker's tradition of offering all-new, high mpg hybrid models under the Prius name. The Ford C-MAX and Fusion illustrate how mainstream models can present drivers multiple high-efficiency choices – with the C-MAX offering both hybrid and plug-in hybrid iterations, and the Fusion offering these power options, plus fuel-efficient EcoBoost variants. Importantly, all are affordable mass-market products that provide drivers full functionality and mainstream appeal, paving the way for making a difference in fuel use and overall emissions in daily driving.

The winner will be selected by an esteemed jury comprised of the nation's top environmental leaders, including Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune, Ocean Futures Society president Jean-Michel Cousteau, and Global Green USA president Matt Petersen, plus Tonight Show host and auto enthusiast Jay Leno and Green Car Journal staff.

About the Los Angeles Auto Show
As the first major North American auto show of the season, the 2012 LA Auto Show will host some of the industry's most important new vehicle debuts and set the tone for the rest of the year. The dates are Nov. 28 and 29 for press and Nov. 30 – Dec. 9 for the public. Media must register online by Nov. 9 to receive credentials in the mail. Following Press Days, the show becomes one of the best attended public auto shows in the world. To receive the latest show news and information, follow the LA Auto Show on Twitter at twitter.com/LAAutoShow, visit the Facebook page at facebook.com/LosAngelesAutoShow and sign up for alerts at LAAutoShow.com.

About Green Car of the Year®
The GCOY award is an important part of Green Car Journal's mission to showcase environmental progress in the auto industry. Since 1992, Green Car Journal has focused on the intersection of automobiles, energy, and environment, first with an industry newsletter and then with an award-winning auto enthusiast magazine. Today, the magazine is considered the premier source of information on high fuel efficiency, low emission, advanced technology, and alternative fuel vehicles. The nonprofit Green Car Institute pursues a tangential mission of research and education to promote cleaner and more efficient transportation. Green Car of the Year® is a registered trademark of Green Car Journal and RJ Cogan Specialty Publications Group, Inc.


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      mapoftazifosho
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why is the Mazda on here? It barely gets better FE than a Chevy Equinox which has been out since what...2009?
        icemilkcoffee
        • 4 Months Ago
        @mapoftazifosho
        2013 Equinox: 22/32/26 2013 CX-5: 26/32/29 Looks like the CX5 is significantly better than thelatest Equinox with the Direct Injection engine. Since you mentioned the 2009 Equinox: 2009 Equinox: 17/24/20 - not even remotely in the same league.
        merlot066
        • 4 Months Ago
        @mapoftazifosho
        I still don't know where they're getting this "hybrid beating fuel economy" from. What are they comparing it to, the 2004 Escape Hybrid? The new C-Max (Escape) hybrid gets 47 MPG, which is why it, or the Fusion hybrid, should win.
        danwat1234
        • 4 Months Ago
        @mapoftazifosho
        Yeah the CX-5 is only 26/35 MPG city/hwy, not very green to me either. The list should be C-Max/Fusion / Energi Prius C Model S Volt Leaf These are in a league ahead of the Civic, Cruze Eco, VW TDI bunch and way ahead of a Mazda CX-5
      bluepongo1
      • 2 Years Ago
      green WASHED car of the year. FTFY Green Car Journal.
      boggin
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's either the C-Max or Fusion Hybrid/Energi. No one else offers the option of 47/47/47 or 108MPGe city and 100MPGe hwy and 21 EV miles + 47mpg. My guess is the C-Max because its less expensive. Both of which are 5 seater family cars. Not sure why the Prius c is there since it's a 2012 model, and there is no 2013 model yet, and should have been in the running for 2012.
      ebn.hahn
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why the Dodge Dart is on the List!!??. its fuel economy is no where near the class competition. Where is the Focus Electric!!??
        icemilkcoffee
        • 4 Months Ago
        @ebn.hahn
        Agreed. The Dodge Dart only gets 40mpg in its 'aero' trim, AND unlike all the other cars in the 40mpg club- the Dart requires premium gas!
          • 4 Months Ago
          @icemilkcoffee
          Premium gas is not required.
      ilmhmtu
      • 4 Months Ago
      Of this list, I'd say C-Max. If the CX-5 diesel was in the US, I'd vote for that.
      • 4 Months Ago
      None of them. Not a single one. Tesla Model S is the obvious winner. Runners up should include Honda Fit EV, Ford Fusion EV, Honda Civic CNG, Nissan Leaf, Coda. If it uses dead dinos, they're less green. If it isn't at least a hybrid, it doesn't belong here at all. I will second the nomination for the VIA motors Silverado conversion as the green way for contractors to haul around heavy machinery which they can power right off the truck.
        justgoawaymad
        • 4 Months Ago
        b/s........many of the "main stream" green cars are a scam. Look how much to manufacture and replace and dispose of those batteries costs in carbon. YES you can save gas but if you want to protect mother earth STOP with personal transportation. Your "green" cars are NOT as carbon friendly as you want to think. Not even close when you look at the WHOLE picture and not just gas usage. I will never give up my personal car, but im not going to bullshit the public into believing other wise.
          bluepongo1
          • 4 Months Ago
          @justgoawaymad
          The Tesla batteries can be high voltage decrystalized to restore them but a troll who repeats what the TV pundits tell him wouldn't know that.
        Smith Jim
        • 4 Months Ago
        The Tesla Model S currently being produced is a 2012 model. This competition is for 2013 models.
      Tarantula
      • 4 Months Ago
      Tesla?
      Grendal
      • 2 Years Ago
      There's no real new tech here at all. Since the Model S isn't on the list I'd be forced to go with one of the Fords. I'd rather give the award again to the Volt. And I'll put my vote in early for next year and say the Model S.
      Ducman69
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Dodge Neo...err... Dart deserves green car of the year. Its interior leather is made from organic recycled baby seals, the rubber is from humpback whale fat, and uses orphan tears for coolant which are all renewable resources.
      jebibudala
      • 2 Years Ago
      Where's the Ford Focus/Fiesta 1.0L 3cyl ecoboost?!
      Grendal
      • 4 Months Ago
      Oh look! It's the cowardly knodoctor/thor petersen troll! And he has something asinine to comment. What a surprise!
      Proghog
      • 4 Months Ago
      That one when right over your head man.
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