Back in October the Green Car Journal announced its finalists for its coveted Green Car of the Year award. We thought perhaps the Prius might take that honor but, as it turns out, the publication favored another horse driven by “clean diesel.” The winner, announced today, is the Audi A3 TDI.

The Green Car Journal says it accepts vehicles into the contest “using all types of technologies, fuels, and powerplants” that “exhibit characteristics that substantially raise the bar in environmental performance.” The Audi was chosen for this yearly honor because, as the publication mentions, “without exotic technology or special measures, it achieves lower CO2 greenhouse gas emissions and highway fuel economy of 42 mpg, the best highway fuel efficiency of any vehicle in the luxury segment. Plus, the A3 TDI offers loads of low-end torque and is fun to drive. Its sportiness, luxury overtones, and good looks simply add to this ‘green’ car’s appeal.”

image via Audi
image via Audi

“We consider the Green Car of the Year title one of the most important industry accolades,” said Johan de Nysschen, President, Audi of America, in a statement. “It is of paramount importance for us to develop vehicles that achieve the very touchstones this award stands for — fuel efficiency and environmental impact.”

Green Car Journal [via press release]

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