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Green Car of the Year Winners 2006-2012 (PHOTOS)

Posted: 03/09/2012 11:22 am

From Mother Nature Network's Melissa Hincha Ownby:

For the last seven years, Green Car Journal has recognized the best in eco-friendly motoring via the magazine’s Green Car of the Year contest. Each year the magazine assembles a judging panel comprising automotive experts, journalists and environmental advocates. The sole task of the panel is to determine which Green Car of the Year finalist deserves recognition as the best of the best for that model year.

Green Car Journal started handing out the award with model year 2006 vehicles. Over the years the magazine has recognized several hybrids, two clean diesels, a plug-in vehicle, a natural gas vehicle and even a full-sized SUV as the Green Car of the Year.

List and captions courtesy of Mother Nature Network

2006: Mercury Mariner Hybrid
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The first Green Car of the Year wasn't even a car; instead a midsized hybrid SUV earned the top honor. A judging panel that included automotive legend Carroll Shelby and eco-advocate Jean-Michel Cousteau chose the Mercury Mariner Hybrid as the 2006 Green Car of the Year. Other finalists included the Honda Accord Hybrid, Honda Civic Hybrid, Lexus RX 400h and the Toyota Highlander Hybrid.

The 2006 Mercury Mariner Hybrid came equipped with a 133 horsepower, 2-3 liter, four-cylinder engine. The integrated 94 horsepower electric motor delivered V-6-like performance to the sporty four-wheel drive SUV. With a combined fuel efficiency rating of 27 mpg, the Mercury Mariner Hybrid's fuel efficiency was nearly 40 percent better than the non-hybrid four-cylinder Mariner.



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