2009 Green Car Vision Award(TM) Finalists Announced

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 /PRNewswire/ — Five nominees have been identified for
Green Car Journal’s 2009 Green Car Vision Award(TM), which acknowledges a
vehicle that best envisions the road ahead. One of these five finalists — the
Chevrolet Volt, Fisker Karma, Honda FCX Clarity, MINI E, or Mitsubishi i-MiEV
— will be honored as the 2009 Green Car Vision Award winner during a press
conference on Public Policy Day February 3, at The Washington Auto Show in
Washington D.C.

“Vehicles offering dramatically improved environmental performance are
crucial to helping us move beyond today’s challenges of oil dependence and
growing environmental impacts,” says Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of the
Green Car Journal and editor of GreenCar.com ( http://www.greencar.com/ ).
“While not yet widely available in new car showrooms, these vehicles each
inspire in important ways with their advanced powertrains, use of cleaner or
more sustainable fuels, vastly improved efficiencies, or a combination of
these attributes.”

Unlike concept cars, which tantalize us with wild designs or features that
may or may not ever make it to the highway, these five vehicles are real. They
are either in limited production or in demonstration programs now, or are in
development and on the road to commercialization.

Dispelling the myth that innovation will only come from outside the
traditional automotive industry, four of the 2009 Green Car Vision Award(TM)
finalists are products from major auto manufacturers. The fifth is from a new
car company, Fisker Automotive, headed by Henrik Fisker, formerly director of
Ford’s Global Advanced Design Studio and before that president of BMW division
DesignWorks USA.

Chevrolet’s Volt is a range-extended, plug-in electric car with a
scheduled introduction in late 2010. The Fisker Karma, to be shown in
production form next month, is a plug-in hybrid luxury sedan that’s set for
sale in late 2009. The FCX Clarity, Honda’s innovative hydrogen fuel cell
sedan, is in very limited production and being leased to a small number of
consumers now. The recently unveiled battery electric MINI E will be leased to
500 select consumers in three states. Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric cars are on
the highway in a demonstration program with Southern California Edison and

“The advanced technology vehicles now available at new car showrooms, like
highly efficient gasoline-electric hybrids, are the result of visionary work
that occurred years in advance of their introduction to the market,” says
Cogan. The five nominees for Green Car Journal’s 2009 Green Car Vision
Award(TM) are exceptional examples of innovation at work.”

The award-winning Green Car Journal has focused on the intersection of
automobiles, energy, and environment since its launch in 1992. As part of its
mission, the magazine hosts events, produces ride-and-drives of advanced and
clean fuel vehicles, and conducts various outreach efforts to educate
consumers on better and more environmentally positive vehicle choices.

The 67th staging of the Washington Auto Show: The Automotive Seat of Power
will bring more than 700 new cars, trucks, mini-vans and sport utility
vehicles from over 42 domestic and import automakers to the Walter E.
Washington Convention Center from Feb. 4 — 8, 2009. Supporting its growing
‘green’ theme, a wide array of advanced technology and clean fuel vehicles
will be displayed in a Green Car Pavilion and throughout the show floor. For
more information visit the Washington Auto Show online at
http://www.washingtonautoshow.com .

    Contact:   Ron Cogan/Green Car Journal
               Barbara Pomerance-Washington Auto Show

[Via http://www.prnewswire.com]

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