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Makers Tallying Up Awards for Expanding Green Vehicle Offerings

More green cars means more awards.

by on Jan.25, 2016

Green Car Publisher Ron Cogan, Chevy Marketing Director Steve Mojoras and the 2016 Volt.

Remember the 1990s when we had GM’s EV1 and a few other fringe green vehicles? Of course, automakers began figuring out many of the mysteries of battery electric vehicles as well as other ways to make new vehicles more environmentally friendly and the proliferation began.

If you’re going to have more than one “green” vehicle that means someone’s vehicle’s got to be the best, right? And that means an award: the Green Car of the Year.

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Remember the 2000s when we had the Green Car of the Year award from the Green Car Journal? Well, like the vehicles themselves, the awards have grown with the offerings – the first was the Mercury Mariner in 2006 – and at last week’s Washington, D.C. auto show, the online magazine named its winners in five categories. (more…)

Public Relations Hits Keep Coming for Volkswagen

Automaker gives back nearly a dozen awards due to diesel scandal.

by on Oct.20, 2015

Michael Horn, head of VW of America, in better times for the automaker when it was winning awards. Now the company is returning them.

The fallout for Volkswagen is spreading behind its diesel-powered vehicles as a major automotive publication announced today it will not consider any VW or Audi vehicles for one of its major awards.

Ward’s Communications said it won’t be allowing any of the maker engines to be part of its annual 10 best engines competition. The automaker just gave back its car of the year award last week and it’s likely this is just beginning for the automaker.

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“We discussed it at length,” Wardsauto.com senior editor Tom Murphy told the Detroit Free Press. “What VW admitted to is very troubling, and it still hasn’t come clean with all the details. There are too many unknowns.” (more…)

World Car of the Year Jurors Pick Finalists

Global list narrowed to just 10 vehicles.

by on Feb.10, 2015

2015 Hyundai Genesis sedan is one of the finalists for the World Car of the Year award.

The jurors on the World Car of the Year panel have a tough challenge. They have to compare a wide range of products from every corner of the globe. So, it’s probably not surprising the 10 finalists cover a broad spectrum of cars, crossovers and SUVs from mainstream and luxury.

The 75 international automotive journalists who make up the panel also have to fill in several other blanks as they select the top design of the year, the top performance model, the number one luxury car and the World Green Car of the Year.

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Sorting through the finalists will take them another couple months, with the winners in each of the five categories set to be announced on April 2, at the New York Auto Show. (more…)

Ford Grabs Three Slots for North American Car/Truck of the Year Finalists

VW, Chevrolet and Hyundai also up for honors.

by on Dec.09, 2014

The 2015 Ford F-150 is looking for a little redemption by taking top honors in the truck of the year voting.

Ford Motor Co. could be the company to beat in an otherwise hotly competitive automotive race. The Detroit maker landed three of the six eagerly coveted spots as the finalists for 2015 North American Car and Truck/Utility were announced today.

But Ford will face some tough competition from Chevrolet, Hyundai and Volkswagen, the other brands to be named finalists.

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The finalists were chosen by a panel of 57 jurors, all automotive journalists from the U.S. and Canada. The same group will now select the winners, with the trophies set to be handed out next month at the North American International Auto Show. (more…)

Ford F-150, BMW i8 Capture Innovation Vehicle Awards

Motor Press Guild chooses vehicles from 13 finalists.

by on Nov.20, 2014

BMW's new i8 captured the Innovation Vehicle of the Year award for the over $30,000 category from the Motor Press Guild.

The Motor Press Guild stretched the parameters a bit, but the new 2015 Ford F-150 and BMW i8 walked off with its 2014 Innovation Vehicle of the Year (IVY) Awards in Los Angeles yesterday.

The F-150 captured the title for vehicles in the under $30,000 class – even though its average transaction price is expected to be closer to $40,000 – while the 2014 BMW i8 claimed the award for the $30,000 and over category.

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The two winners were from selected a group of 13 finalists assembled by a panel of judges. (more…)