2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI - Green Car of the Year
2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI – Green Car of the Year. Click image to enlarge

Los Angeles, California – The 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI diesel has been named the Green Car Journal’s 2009 Green Car of the Year, defeating competitors that included a pair of advanced hybrids, a clean diesel sport sedan, and a fuel-efficient microcar. It is the first time that a clean diesel vehicle has been awarded the title.

The Green Car Journal has been unveiling the Green Car of the Year winner at the LA Auto Show every year since it initiated the annual award in 2005.

“The 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI epitomizes what the Green Car of the Year honour is all about,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of the Green Car Journal. “It raises the bar significantly in environmental performance with its EPA-estimated 41 mpg highway fuel economy, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and extremely low tailpipe emissions. This is all the more impressive when you consider the Jetta TDI is a clean diesel, achieving the kind of fuel efficiency offered by gasoline-electric hybrids, but in a more affordable way.”

The Jetta TDI uses a 2.0-litre turbocharged direct injection diesel engine, featuring the latest in diesel injection and emissions technology that allows it to meet strict emissions standards in all fifty states. The Journal noted that it is also exceptionally quiet for a diesel, “reflecting just how far advanced diesel technology has come in recent years.”

A jury of environmental and automotive experts selected the Jetta TDI from a field of five finalists that included the BMW 335d, Ford Fusion Hybrid, Saturn Vue 2 Mode Hybrid, and Smart Fortwo. Judges included Carl Pope, executive director of the Sierra Club; Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council; Jean-Michel Cousteau, president of Ocean Futures Society; Tonight Show host and car collector Jay Leno; automotive icon Carroll Shelby; and four Green Car Journal editors.

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