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Who’s the Greenest Beauty on the Tarmac? Get to Know that on Nov 18!

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Any guesses as to who is the greenest car of them all? To know that you may have to wait a few days more!  When the people behind the 2011 Green Car of the Year Award gets on to the podium to announce the greenest beauty on the tarmac at the LA Auto Show venue on November 18, the main contenders would be  the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, 2011 Ford Fiesta, 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid and the 2011 Nissan LEAF.  The Green Car Journal has in a press note listed down the five finalists (check out the gallery  after the jump),   accelerating the process that would reach a culmination on November 18.

The award honors environmental leadership in the automobile domain and recognizes vehicles that become available to consumers during the award year, said a press note.  Significantly enough, the Green Car of the Year finalists include two primarily electric-drive vehicles for the first time. Two hybrids and a high mile-per-gallon, gasoline internal combustion engine are also in the race.

Of the five finalists, four nominees incorporate electric drive, while the Ford Fiesta brings to the fore the evolution of an internal combustion mode.

The five finalists were picked from among dozens of nominees who were tested for fuels and technologies that raised the bar with regard to environmental performance. This included high efficiency gasoline internal combustion, advanced diesel, hybrids, electrics and vehicles capable of running on alternative fuels.

The norms laid down were that in the Green Car of the Year program, nominees should have stood and must have pushed environmental performance in meaningful and quantifiable ways. Market significance and newness were also factors, plus all nominees should be on sale by January 1 of the award year.

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