Green Car Award judging is under way

Over the next six weeks, judges will evaluate 18 vehicles to determine this year’s Green Car Award winners. Presented at the annual Green Living Show in Toronto on April 7, the awards honour vehicles with the greatest potential to benefit the environment.

Three nominees in each of six categories include:

Zero mission: Chevrolet Bolt, Ford Focus EV and Hyundai Ioniq.

Plug-in hybrid: Ford C-Max Energi, Ford Fusion Energi and Chevrolet Volt.

Hybrid: Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, Hyundai Ioniq HEV and Kia Niro HEV.

Efficient gasoline or diesel internal combustion: Honda Civic, Jaguar XF 2.0D and Chevrolet Cruze.

Efficient three-row vehicle: Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Mitsubishi Outlander and Mazda 5.

Fun car: Jaguar XE 2.0D, Tesla Model S and Tesla Model X.

Category and overall winners are selected through a combination of factual data and judges’ assessments based on test drives, experience and manufacturers’ information. The judges are among Canada’s most respected automotive journalists.

The look at environmental benefits such as fuel efficiency, tailpipe emissions, the use of sustainable or recyclable materials and measures taken by manufacturers to green their operations. Elements that influence consumer appear are also considered, such as range, price, safety aids, comfort and connectivity features, performance and build quality.

This is the fifth year for the award. Previous winners include the Ford Fusion hybrid, Honda Accord hybrid, Kia Soul EV and Chevrolet Volt.

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