2014 Green Car of the Year Finalists Announced

Among finalists for the 2014 “Green Car of the Year” only one hybrid makes the cut and no electric cars or vehicles of any type from Detroit are on the list.

The finalists are: Audi A6 TDI, BMW 328d, Honda Accord, Mazda3 and Toyota Corolla.

Here we see two diesels, three highly efficient four-cylinder combustion engines, and Honda’s new full hybrid we recently drove is the one electrified vehicle in consideration.

The contest is being run by selected by Green Car Journal and these are the same cars already named “Top 5 Green Cars for 2014″ and which earned “Green Car Product of Excellence” from the magazine as well.

Qualification to become “Green Car of the Year” includes the vehicle had to be available for sale by Jan. 1, 2014 and this year’s winner will be announced ahead of that deadline at the LA Auto Show Nov. 20.

Other criteria being considered include how effectively the vehicle reduces environmental impact, its efficiency – and mass-market availability – to ensure enough vehicles are being offered to make a significant dent.

This latter qualifier would rule out EVs that may be more environmentally sound, but are sold in limited markets.

Judges for the contest will include Jay Leno, Jean-Michel Cousteau and Michael Brune, executive director for the Sierra Club.

Previous year’s finishers are as follows:

2013- Ford Fusion (hybrid, plug-in hybrid and EcoBoost gas engine)
2012- Honda Civic GX natural gas vehicle
2011- Chevrolet Volt
2010- Audi A3 TDI Clean Diesel
2009- Volkswagen Jetta TDI Clean Diesel
2008- Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid
2007- Toyota Camry Hybrid
2006- Mercury Mariner Hybrid