Volkswagen is not on the list of finalists battling it out for the 2016 Green Car Of The Year Award, in fact, no diesels are period. They’ve been completely shut out from the finalist list, which is really no surprise in wake of the VW diesel emissions cheating scandal. But it’s sibling Audi does make the final cut, even though it recently had to give back its 2010 Audi A3 award.
The other automakers on the list are Chevrolet, Honda. Hyundai and Toyota:
- Audi A3 e-tron
- Chevrolet Volt
- Honda Civic
- Hyundai Sonata
- Toyota Prius
Since these cars aren’t new, the focus turns to how much they’ve improved.
“This is the strongest field of finalists we’ve seen in our annual Green Car of the Year program,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of the Green Car Journal and CarsOfChange.com. “Each of the five nominees makes a strong environmental statement in distinctly different ways, with a common strategy of recognizing what’s most important to today’s drivers. Their use of wide-ranging powertrain technologies underscores that all approaches are essential to achieving important environmental goals.”
The winner will be announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show next month.
Back in September, the Green Car Journal stripped Volkswagen of two older Green Car Of The Year awards after the automaker admitted it cheated on U.S. emissions tests. They were awards for the 2009 VW Jetta TDI and the 2010 Audi A3.