At last week's Green Living Show in Toronto, AJAC (Automobile Journalists Association of Canada) announced the winner of the first annual Canadian Green Car Award. Winning the award was the Ford Fusion hybrid.
Originally among a pool of 15 environmentally advanced vehicles that were submitted by their respective manufacturers, the Ford Fusion hybrid beat out four other finalists- Volkswagen's turbocharged clean diesel Jetta, Mazda's Mazda3 highly efficient compact, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, and the Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid.
Ford says that the Fusion hybrid is an important vehicle in their line-up, offering their eco conscious customers innovative technology and leading fuel economy packaged in a sleek and desirable design.
This year's award the first of it's kind, the Canadian Green Car Award will be an annual competition. The aim is to provide Canadian consumers with information about vehicles that show potential for advanced levels of environmental benefits.
The 2013 Ford Fusion hybrid was selected by an expert panel of AJAC members, Canada's top automotive journalists. The award's criteria included emissions and fuel economy, but also took into consideration other environmental features related to each vehicle. Some of these consisted of the steps a manufacturer has taken to make it's operations more green and the use of naturally sourced or recycled materials. Other factors were consumer appeal, price, quality, overall features, driving experience and availability.
Also part of the initial pool of nominees were the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive, Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi iMiEV, Mercedes-Benz B 250 Turbo, Mazda6, Mazda CX-5, Ford Focus Electric, Ford Edge EcoBoost, Chevrolet Volt, and the Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel.
The Green Living Show is Canada's largest green consumer show, offering workable and easy solutions to consumers who wish to lead a sustainable lifestyle.
The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) focuses on automobiles and the automotive industry. This association comprised of professional journalists, writers and photographers also awards the annual Canadian Car of the Year Awards
By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca