Green Car Journal Announces Winners for 2018 Connected, SUV, and Luxury Green Car of the Year Awards
Green Car Journal revealed the winners of its highly-regarded 2018 Green Car Awards™ at the Washington Auto Show today during the show’s Public Policy Day, held the day before opening to the public. Earning the distinction as the magazine’s 2018 Green SUV of the Year™ was Kia’s Niro crossover/SUV. The Cadillac CT6 Plug-In was honored as 2018 Connected Green Car of the Year™, while the Karma Revero rose to the top as this year’s 2018 Luxury Green Car of the Year™.
“Efficiency and improved environmental performance are being integrated in new models from virtually every vehicle class, with this gaining real momentum in the luxury, connected, and crossover/SUV arenas,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and GreenCarJournal.com. “The field of exceptional finalists showcased at this year’s Washington Auto Show reflects this momentum, with the deserving winners of these 2018 Green Car Awards™ representing the best-of-the-best in their respective categories.”
The Kia Niro presents a new and exciting option for those who seek the functionality of a small crossover along with impressive levels of driving efficiency. It’s available in hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions that deliver up to 52 city and 49 highway mpg, with the plug-in achieving a combined 105 MPGe while driving on batteries. Importantly, with prices starting at $23,340 for the hybrid and $27,900 for the plug-in hybrid, this kind of high efficiency is available to a wide range of buyers wishing to drive ‘green’ while limiting carbon emissions during their daily drives. Finalists for the 2018 Green SUV of the Year™ also included the Chevrolet Equinox, MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4, Mazda CX-5, and Volvo XC60 T8.
“We’re thrilled to have received this special distinction from Green Car Journal, said Orth Hedrick, Vice President of Strategy and Planning at Kia Motors America. “The Niro represents years of hard work by Kia to provide eco-conscious car buyers a vehicle that is fun, versatile, economical, and a pleasure to look at and drive. It’s immensely gratifying to all of us that the Niro is recognized by Green Car Journal as 2018 Green SUV of the Year™.”
Cadillac’s CT6 Plug-In impresses with its premium style, high levels of luxury and performance, and efficient plug-in hybrid power that provides up to 31 miles of battery-electric driving and an overall range of 430 miles. It excels with its connectivity, driver assist systems, and on-board electronics. Driver assist features include adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, forward collision alert, front pedestrian braking, forward and reverse automatic braking, rear cross-traffic alert, and surround vision. A head-up display and enhanced night vision are also provided. Finalists for the 2018 Connected Green Car of the Year™ also included the BMW i3, Nissan LEAF, Tesla Model X, and Volvo S90 T8.
“Technology and innovation have always been at the core of Cadillac,” said Cadillac CT6 Launch & Lifecycle Manager Eric Angeloro. “With double the EV range of the segment, a 62 MPGe rating from the EPA, and effortless power delivery, the CT6 Plug-In changes the expectations of what a hybrid can be.”
Featuring a stunning design and the industry’s largest solar roof, the Karma Revero is a grand touring car in every sense, captivating driver and passers-by with sinewy lines that turn heads in ways rarely experienced by production cars. It’s built on an aluminum spaceframe and powered by an electric drivetrain using two electric motors. This package delivers a combined 403 horsepower and satisfying levels of driving performance. The extended range, series hybrid electric sedan enables 50 miles on battery power and 300 miles overall with electricity created on board by its engine-generator. Also vying for 2018 Luxury Green Car of the Year™ were the BMW 530e, Cadillac CT6 Plug-In, Lexus LS 500h, and Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid.
“Karma is honored to receive Green Car Journal’s 2018 Luxury Green Car of the Year™,” said Jim Taylor, Karma Automotive’s Chief Revenue Officer. “We designed the Revero to strike an elegant balance between design and advanced electric technology. This award confirms we are on the right path and recognizes the tireless commitment by our 1,000 employees to engineer, design, and manufacture this stunning car.”
“The environmental credentials of a vehicle are a matter of importance to a significant portion of the new car buying public. The Green Car Awards have been made at the Washington Auto Show for some time now and provide consumers with important information about vehicles and their impact on the environment,” said Washington Auto Show President and CEO John O’Donnell.
About Green Car Journal
The award-winning Green Car Journal focuses on the intersection of automobiles, energy, connectivity, and environment. As part of its mission, the magazine hosts events, produces ride-and-drives of advanced and clean fuel vehicles, and conducts various outreach efforts to educate consumers on better and more environmentally positive vehicle choices. The print magazine’s content is featured online at GreenCarJournal.com. Luxury Green Car of the Year™, Green SUV of the Year™, Connected Green Car of the Year™, and Green Car of the Year® are trademarks of Green Car Journal and RJ Cogan Specialty Publications Group, Inc.
About WANADA and the Washington Auto Show
The 2018 Washington Auto Show takes place from January 26 to February 4, 2018. It is one of the five top auto shows in the United States and is the largest consumer event in the District of Columbia. It is preceded by two show-sponsored industry events, Public Policy Days and the MobilityTalks International Conference, with both taking place January 23 -25, 2018. During these three days industry leaders, global public policy makers and members of Congress will discuss proposed and existing rules and laws governing the automotive industry. The show takes place in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center where more than 35 automakers will display over 600 vehicles.
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