Green Car of the Year Finalists Revealed
Domestic Brands Shut out of Short List
The Green Car Journal recently released the names of its five finalists for the 2014 Green Car of the Year Award, with Ron Cogan, editor/publisher of both the publication and www.CarsOfChange.com, boasting that: "The diversity of this field of finalists illustrates not only that 'green' has gone mainstream, but also that there is no single approach to achieving ever higher levels of fuel efficiency and environmental performance. There's something for everyone in this year's field of finalists, including clean-diesel, high-efficiency gasoline, and hybrid/plug-in hybrid power featured in mainstream, sporty, and executive models."
Just note, Cogan’s “something for everyone” actually doesn’t include anything for shoppers who prefer domestic brands. But it does include:
Audi A6 TDI—Audi adds a 6-cylinder, clean-diesel engine and its hallmark “quattro” all-wheel-drive technology to an already impressive sport sedan, ending up with a car that runs from 0-60 in 5.5 seconds, posts an EPA line of 24 mpg city/38 mpg highway/29 mpg combined, and transforms 3.0 liters of displacement into outputs of 240 hp and 428 lb.-ft. of torque.
“Audi is honored to be named as a finalist for the Green Car of the Year award,” said Mark Del Rosso, executive vice president and COO, Audi of America. “Audi has been a leader in clean diesel since the introduction of Audi TDI technology in the U.S. in 2009. With the debut of four all-new TDI models this year, Audi continues to set the bar for fuel efficiency and uncompromised luxury.”
The 2014 Audi A6 TDI is on sale now with an MSRP that starts at $55,100.