There are multiple ways to gauge popularity on the Internet. As we wrap up our work for 2010 – and look forward to a new year of amazing advances (and probably a fair share of setbacks) in the green car world for 2011 – we wanted to see which posts were the most popular on AutoblogGreen this past year. As we did, we learned that you like videos (so do we) and also those clean diesel vehicles. The variety of topics in the Top Ten posts tell us that ABG readers enjoy all sorts of fuel-saving vehicles and technologies, which is just how we like it.

We don't have a way to filter posts by number of comments, but here are a few of the most-commented-on posts of 2010. (We get it, you like to talk about Fox News. We like it, too.)
But, if we go simply by actual page views, AutoblogGreen's top ten list looks like what you will find after the jump...

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10. Former Bears coach Mike Ditka promotes electric cars at Chicago Auto Show in Orlando

That's not Mike Ditka in the picture, but he did appear at the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) convention in Orlando, FL to promote the Global Motor Services, Inc. line of electric vehicles last February. Yeah, we lost track of man and company after that, too.

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9. Passat BlueMotion enters record books after going 1,527 miles without refueling

The first of many diesel surprises on the list, you enjoyed reading about a serious bladder buster: the Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion that went for a long drive on French roads at that's 74.8 mpg without refilling the 20.4 gallon tank. How long? Enough to set a Guinness World Record for the longest distance traveled by a production passenger car on a single tank of fuel.

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8. 2,487.5 mpg! Catchy headline unneccessary

Another amazing mpg rating, but this one wasn't for the long distance. Instead, we're talking about seriously maximizing every bit of energy you've got on board your vehicle. At the 2010 Shell Eco-marathon Americas in March, students from Laval University in Quebec, Canada managed to squeeze 2,487.5 miles per gallon from their lightweight efficiency racer. The only way they could've topped that would have been if the whole race had been downhill.

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7. Volkswagen bik.e replaces spare tire with electric mobility device [w/video]

VW bik.e – Click above to watch the video

We take the "auto" part of AutoblogGreen only semi-seriously, because there are a lot of great and efficient vehicles out there that we think our readers will be interested in. The Volkswagen bik.e is a good example of this, combining elegant European design with zero-emission motoring. The two-wheeler was unveiled at Auto China 2010, which proves that we're not the only ones who like to expand the definition of what an "auto" can be.

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6. Beijing 2010: Chevrolet Volt MPV5 crossover revealed

Chevrolet Volt MPV5 concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

We don't think Chevy will actually unveil a Volt-based Amp crossover in Detroit, but if GM wants to know what's popular, then it might want to seriously consider expanding the Volt family to include a wagon-y, five-door hatch like the MPV5 that it displayed at the Beijing Motor Show. We could live with the 32-mile battery-only range (compared to the Volt's 40) if we could have a bit more interior room. You?

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5. Inside Line puts plug-in Prius to the test, hits 62 mpg, payback period at least 215K miles [w/video]

2010 Plug-in Prius Prototypes – Click above to watch the video

Maybe the popularity of this post has a bit to do with how badly we want our cars to improve, since the somewhat disappointing result of "just" 62 miles per gallon in a plug-in Prius hybrid – when the normal version gets 50+ – wasn't that well received. A short time later, Fully Charged managed to get 83 mpg. That post wasn't as popular, and shows that sometimes you need to stick around to hear all sides of the story.

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4. Audi responds to Green Police criticisms over Super Bowl ad

Audi Green Police Campaign – Click above to watch the video

Here's one of those head-scratcher stories. Audi tried to make a big green splash at the 2010 Super Bowl with a comedic ad featuring the Green Police. Sadly, some people drew a connection between this fictional group of law enforcers and the Ordnungspolizei, which was Nazi's standard police force (because they were sometimes referred to as the green police). Audi needed to clear the air by saying it had talked to Jewish leaders and had cleared the ad. That's all fine and good, but we still think a simple name change to Eco Police or something like that would have worked just as well without the negative connotations.

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3. Review: 2010 Audi A3 TDI, diesel with a healthy dash of sport

Audi A3 TDI – Click above for high-res image gallery

Proving that an in-depth look at what it's like to live with an efficient vehicle is still worth a read, our Number 3 spot went to a review of the 2010 Audi A3 TDI. When you combine "entry-level Audi" with clean diesel power, you get a car we'd be happy to drive on a regular basis. You can find out why when you read the original post

2. Obama's heavy limo does not get a hybrid drivetrain

Cadillac Presidential Limousine – Click above for high-res image gallery

When you're the leader of the free world, saving fuel is not your top priority. Sure, you can direct the federal government to buy hybrids and take time to promote American technology in Europe, but your own car needs to be safe, not green. That's the situation with President Obama's limo, which is basically a diesel-powered tank. Obama apparently wanted a hybrid drivetrain, but the Secret Service nixed that idea because the extra-heavy limo wouldn't be able to move with a hybrid inside.

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1. Volkswagen announces new 1.2L three-cylinder diesel; should push new Polo to 71 mpg

Volkswagen Polo Bluemotion – Click above for high-res image gallery

Sometimes, you don't want to know about what might happen or what might be available someday and you just want to know what kind of technology you can get today. Even with all of the plug-in hype in 2010, diesels really made an impact on AutoblogGreen readers, who pushed our post on a most economical Volkswagen Polo – 71 mpg! – to be our top post of the year. Plug-ins stand poised to hit the scene en masse in 2011, and we are already wondering what kinds of posts readers will react to the most in the coming year. Stick around and find out, won't you?

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