VW Jetta TDI has won Green Car Journal's Green Car of the Year, becoming the first diesel to achieve this. Beaten finalists include another diesel, two hybrids and a small petrol.
Green Car Journal has awarded the 2008 Volkswagen Jetta TDI its 2009 Green Car of the Year award. The turbo diesel-powered Jetta took the honors after beating five other vehicles included in the best-of-the-best 2009 green vehicles. These were BMW 335d, Ford Fusion Hybrid, Saturn Vue 2 Mode Hybrid, and smart fortwo.
"The Volkswagen Jetta TDI rose to the top as Green Car Journal's 2009 Green Car of the Year® for some very important reasons," said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and editor of GreenCar.com. "Hybrids have dominated the discussion of environmentally positive vehicles in recent years. The highly fuel efficient, 50 State emissions certified Jetta TDI shows that advanced clean diesel has arrived and is poised to change this dynamic. With its affordable price point, refined ride and handling, and high fuel economy, the Jetta TDI shows that hybrids now have a strong competitor in the marketplace."
Jetta TDI has already sold over 8,000 units since it was launched in the US in mid-August 2008. It has achieved great things since launch, one of which was setting the Guinness World Record for Lowest Fuel Consumption after averaging 58.82 mpg while traveling through the 48 continuous US States. An independent, real-world test study with the Jetta TDI conducted by leading third-party certifier AMCI, returned 38 mpg in city and 44 mpg under highway driving conditions.