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      10-17-2013, 10:11 AM   #1
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LOS ANGELES, Oct. 17, 2013 -- Green Car Journal has identified its five finalists for the magazine's high-profile 2014 Green Car of the YearŽ program. The five 2014 models include the Audi A6 TDI, BMW 328d, Honda Accord, Mazda3, and Toyota Corolla. These five finalists are also honored as Green Car Journal's "Top 5 Green Cars for 2014" and earn the magazine's "Green Car Product of Excellence" honors.

An increasing number of vehicle models are considered for the Green Car of the YearŽ program each year, a reflection of the auto industry's expanding efforts in offering new vehicles with higher efficiency and improved environmental impact. Green Car Journal has been honoring the most important "green" vehicles every year at the LA Auto Show, since its inaugural award announced at the show in 2005.

"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," says Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and CarsOfChange.com. "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."

Finalists are selected for their achievements in raising the bar in environmental performance. Availability to the mass market is a factor to ensure honored models have the potential to make a real difference in environmental impact, and finalists must be available for sale by January 1st of the award year.

Green Car of the YearŽ jurors include auto enthusiast and Tonight Show host Jay Leno, plus leaders of the nation's major environmental organizations including Jean-Michel Cousteau, president of Ocean Futures Society; Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council; Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club; and Matt Petersen, board member of Global Green USA. Green Car Journal editors round out the 2014 Green Car of the YearŽ jury.

The Finalists:

Audi A6 TDI
Audi's 2014 A6 TDI blends excellent "green" credentials with unexpected levels of performance in a high efficiency vehicle. Its 3.0-liter, 6-cylinder TDI clean diesel engine with tiptronic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive provides 240 horsepower and 428 lb-ft torque, achieving 0-60 mph in just 5.5 seconds. A start-stop system aids efficiency, as does a lightweight body that makes extensive use of aluminum body panels. This sedan features an EPA estimated 38 highway mpg that enables over 700 miles of highway driving range.

BMW 328d
Featuring the first 4-cylinder BMW diesel engine in the U.S., the new 328d combines exceptionally high fuel efficiency with the performance expected of BMW models. EPA estimated 45 mpg highway fuel economy is achieved with this sedan's 2.0-liter TwinPower clean diesel powerplant, which produces 180 horsepower and 280 lb-ft torque. Efficiency is enhanced with engine auto start-stop and brake energy regeneration. A 328d Sports Wagon is also available. The models are offered in rear wheel drive or with BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive system.

Honda Accord
Honda's popular Accord sedan aims to lead in the efficiency space with an array of efficient powerplant choices including four-cylinder, V-6, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid versions. Even the V-6, the largest engine option, nets 34 highway mpg with the four-cylinder rated at up to 36 highway mpg. The bar raises considerably with the Accord Hybrid at 50 city and 47 highway mpg, and the Accord Plug-In with its 47 city and 46 highway mpg on hybrid power. The Plug-In also offers an EPA rating of 115 MPGe, the highest of any mid-size hybrid sedan in the country.

Mazda3
The all-new third generation Mazda3, this automaker's best-selling model worldwide, is lighter, more efficient, and packed with advanced electronics. The 2014 Mazda3 features an appealing new design and has been built from the ground-up with Mazda's award-winning SKYACTIV technology. The 2.0-liter powered Mazda3 four-door sedan offers best-in-class 41 mpg highway fuel economy, with the five-door hatch coming in at up to 40 mpg. A more powerful 2.5-liter engine with an i-ELOOP capacitor-based regenerative engine braking system gets 38 mpg.

Toyota Corolla
The Toyota Corolla has long been a best-seller due to its blend of efficiency and affordability. With the all-new 2014 Corolla, Toyota adds visual excitement, improved driving dynamics, and even greater efficiency to its popular compact sedan, achieving up to 42 highway mpg delivered by the model's Eco version. This level of efficiency is achieved with a 1.8-liter, 140 horsepower engine featuring the first use of Toyota's Valvematic technology in this country. A driver selectable ECO function moderates acceleration and optimizes on-board systems to enhance mpg.

About Green Car of the YearŽ
The GCOY 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, energy, and environment. Today, the magazine is considered the premier source of information on high fuel efficiency, low emission, advanced technology, and alternative fuel vehicles. CarsOfChange.com presents 'green car' articles online along with a focus on infotainment and connectivity. Green Car of the YearŽ is a registered trademark of Green Car Journal and RJ Cogan Specialty Publications Group, Inc.

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Nice! The 328d is a awesome car
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Nice! The 328d is a awesome car
Have to agree, the torque and response is amazing. Owning a Golf tdi and bmw 328d i can say the engine in the bmw is much better. It needs less rpms to spool up, delivers power more linear, and the car is just a joy to drive. Im almost 100% sure this car will be green car of the year. We are getting 600+ miles out of one tank and easily beating the 45 highway mpg by at least 3-5 mpgs.
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Yes, it is an awesome car. I bought mine just a week ago. I test drove VWs, the golf, jetta, and jetta sportswagen TDIs. As far as MPGs is going, I'm still on my dealer tank fill having gone about 150 miles and I'm still not down to 3/4 a tank. The OBC is showing about 38 mpg in mostly in town driving. With the little bit of highway driving I did over the weekend I can tell that the 45 mpgs will be easy to beat. Beating EPA estimates seems to be a characteristic of almost all the diesel cars, VW included.
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Is the reason these diesel engines don't have so much power compared to petrol engines is because the engine can't' go as fast? RPM-wise? Since power is proportional to RPM, that would be my guess. If so, it would make these engines wonderful for street driving, as you usually don't redline it when you drive on the street (and if you do, you're probably not the norm... yes, even in your M3!). A more efficient engine with lots of torque, my next DD might be a diesel!
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Stupid question : what's the difference between a European 320d and this American 328d? Better trim?
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Stupid question : what's the difference between a European 320d and this American 328d? Better trim?
Yes, it's trim levels are comparable to the 328 vs the 320.
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Is the reason these diesel engines don't have so much power compared to petrol engines is because the engine can't' go as fast? RPM-wise? Since power is proportional to RPM, that would be my guess. If so, it would make these engines wonderful for street driving, as you usually don't redline it when you drive on the street (and if you do, you're probably not the norm... yes, even in your M3!). A more efficient engine with lots of torque, my next DD might be a diesel!
Might be a little too much of a generalization. Diesel is thermodynamically a more efficient cycle since it can operated at higher compression ratios. Otto (gas cycles) will predetonate (knocking) if operated at typical diesel cycle compression.
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Might be a little too much of a generalization. Diesel is thermodynamically a more efficient cycle since it can operated at higher compression ratios.
There's also more btu's in a gallon (liter) of diesel - about 13% more than gasoline.
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LOL at the corolla there...hanging among the big boys with powertrain tech from the 90's...just introducing cam phasing? That Mazda is pretty sweet, probably gonna win the award with its efficient power train (high compression ratio and some kind of hybrid DCT/automatic transmission). Good to see the German's representing well too.
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