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2011 Ford Fiesta — Photo:Ford Motor Company

Which green, fuel efficient car will win the 2011 Green Car of the Year award? The award is announced at the annual Los Angeles Auto Show, which is in November 2010.
Here are the five nominees — in alphabetical order —
    •    2011 Chevrolet Volt
    •    2011 Ford Fiesta
    •    2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
    •    2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
    •    2011 Nissan Leaf

The Green Car of the Year Award is sponsored by the Green Car Journal, and is limited to new models, or models new to the North American Market.

The nominees reflect an industry in transition.  Last year, the winner was the 2010 Audi A3 TDI clean diesel, and the year before the winner was the 2009 VW Jetta TDI clean diesel.  But there are no diesels on this year’s list — which is dominated by hybrids, plug-in hybrids, extended range plug-in hybrids, and a super efficient conventional gas engine.

And there are no hydrogen or fuel cell vehicles, either. Thre years ago, the Green Car of the Year was the Honda FCX Clarity hydrogen full-size sedan.  Sadly, no new hydrogen models have come to market.

BTW, I’ll be attending the LA Auto Show, as I do every year, to report on the newest fuel efficient green cars, electric cars, diesel cars, hybrid cars, electric cars and concept cars.

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Guest Blogger: Evelyn Kanter