WASHINGTON, D.C. – Allen Schaeffer, Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum, issued the following statement today regarding the announcement of the 2012 World Green Car of the Year award at the New York International Auto Show:

“Congratulations to Mercedes-Benz on winning this prestigious and highly competitive award (for the 2012 S250 CDI).  This award is made all the more important this year since this clean diesel CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Mercedes beat out an incredible field of 22 contenders of gasoline hybrids and even several all-electric vehicles.

Mercedes’ win this year is a repeat performance for their clean diesel technology following the 2007 World Green Car Award to the Mercedes BlueTEC E320.  The World Green Car competition factored in tailpipe emissions, fuel consumption, and use of a major advanced power plant technology (beyond engine componentry), aimed specifically at increasing the vehicle’s environmental responsibility.

The World Car of the Year experts commented that, “This is the first 4-cylinder S-Class in the 60-year history of the legendary model. Powered by a 204hp diesel turbo producing 500Nm, this S-Class develops ample power from the world’s cleanest diesel, while the incorporation of a start-stop system means that this car produces an outstanding 149g/km of CO2.”

To be eligible for the overall World Car award, the candidates had to have been available for sale on at least two continents during the period beginning January 1, 2011 and ending May 30, 2012.  Vehicles were selected and voted on by an international jury panel comprised of sixty-four top-level automotive journalists from twenty-five countries around the world.  Each juror was appointed by the World Car Steering Committee on the basis of his or her expertise, experience, credibility, and influence, and each typically drives and evaluates new vehicles on a regular basis as part of their professional work.


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