Volkswagen's Jetta Tdi Named 2009 Green Car Of The Year(r)

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Volkswagen's Jetta TDI Named 2009 Green Car of the Year(R)

LOS ANGELES, /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

      Green Car Journal Announces Winner at the Los Angeles Auto Show

    Volkswagen's milestone 2009 Jetta TDI has been named Green Car

Journal's 2009 Green Car of the Year(R), besting competitors that included a

pair of advanced hybrids, a clean diesel sport sedan, and a trendy fuel-efficient

microcar. This is the first time that a clean diesel model has been awarded the

title Green Car of the Year(R). Green Car Journal has been unveiling the Green

Car of the Year(R) winner at the LA Auto Show every year since it initiated the

annual award in 2005.


    "The 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI epitomizes what the Green Car of the

Year(R) honor is all about," said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car

Journal and editor of "It raises the bar significantly in

environmental performance with its EPA estimated 41 mpg highway fuel

economy, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and extremely low tailpipe

emissions. This is all the more impressive when you consider the Jetta TDI is a

clean diesel, achieving the kind of fuel efficiency offered by gasoline-electric

hybrids but in a more affordable way."

    Volkswagen's Jetta TDI features a 2.0-liter, turbocharged direct injection

engine featuring the latest in diesel injection and emissions technology that

allows it to meet strict emissions standards in all 50 states. Although its mission

is to provide buyers a comfortable and fuel efficient five-passenger family sedan

at an affordable $21,990, there's a bit of performance in the bargain because of

this clean diesel engine's abundant low-end torque and the Jetta's well-tuned

suspension. This Volkswagen's new-generation diesel powerplant is also

exceptionally quiet for a diesel, reflecting just how far advanced diesel

technology has come in recent years.

    A jury of environmental and automotive experts selected the 2009 Jetta TDI

from the field of five finalists that also included the BMW 335d, Ford Fusion

Hybrid, Saturn Vue 2 Mode Hybrid, and smart fortwo. This jury is comprised of

nine jurors including Carl Pope, executive director of the Sierra Club; Frances

Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council; Jean-Michel

Cousteau, president of Ocean Futures Society; automotive expert and Tonight

Show host Jay Leno; automotive icon Carroll Shelby; and four Green Car

Journal editors.

    About Green Car of the Year(R)

    The Green Car of the Year(R) 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,

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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. Green Car of the Year(R) is

a registered trademark of Green Car Journal and RJ Cogan Specialty

Publications Group, Inc. Additional information about the 2009 Green Car of the

Year(R) can be found at

SOURCE: Los Angeles Auto Show

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