Honda has reason to celebrate as the 2014 Accord Hybrid has been selected as the winner of this year’s Canadian Green Car Award.
The Canadian Green Car Award is a relatively new addition to the industry, which recognizes vehicles, widely available in Canada, that offer both impressive environmental attributes with strong mass-market appeal, since any product can have a significant impact only if it sells in large numbers.
The 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid won last year’s inaugural Canadian Green Car Award.
A panel of top Canadian automotive journalists selected the Accord Hybrid from among five other category winners. The Accord had won the Hybrid category, in a tie with Volkswagen’s Jetta Turbo
Vehicle assessments combined “objective” criteria, such as fuel economy, emissions and price, with the judges’ evaluations of performance, driving experience, value, features and “green” qualities.
The judges also considered factors such as the use of sustainable or recyclable materials, and measures taken by manufacturers to green their operations.
The category winners include:
Battery-Electric/Zero Emission: Nissan LEAF
Plug-in Hybrid: Ford C-MAX Energi
Full Hybrid: (*Tie) Honda Accord Hybrid and Volkswagen Jetta Turbo Hybrid
Efficient Gasoline or Diesel: Mazda3 (2.0-litre)
Internal Combustion - Efficient Three-Row Family Vehicle: Mazda5
Other nominees included the Tesla Model S, Ford Focus EV, Kia Soul EV, Cadillac ELR, Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid, Infiniti Q50 Hybrid, Chevrolet Cruze Diesel, Volkswagen Jetta TDI, Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid and Kia Rondo.
“Thank you to all the voting judges of the Canadian Green Car Award. It is an honour to have our Accord Hybrid recognized by so many of Canada’s most respected journalists,” said Dave Gardner, Vice-President of Sales and Marketing with Honda Canada Inc. “Joining the award-winning Accord family and sharing the fun-to-drive performance, sophisticated styling and premium comfort features of the Accord sedan, the Accord Hybrid offers a no-compromise vehicle for the extreme fuel saver.”