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Jetta TDI Wins Green Car of the Year

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2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Photo: Rod Hatfield
By Perry Stern
This clean diesel sedan from Volkswagen gets the top green honor.
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2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Photo: Rod Hatfield
2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Photo: Rod Hatfield
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2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Photo: Rod Hatfield
2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Photo: Rod Hatfield
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Green Car of the Year Photo: Rod Hatfield
Stefan Jacoby, CEO, Volkswagen Group of America accepts the Green Car of the Year Award from Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal . Photo: Rod Hatfield

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    The 2008 Green Car of the Year honors went to the all-new Volkswagen Jetta TDI, marking the first time a diesel-powered car has won this award since its inception in 2005.

     

    “The 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI epitomizes what the Green Car of the Year honor is all about,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and editor of GreenCar.com. “It raises the bar significantly in environmental performance with its EPA-estimated 41 mpg highway fuel economy, reduced greenhouse-gas emissions and extremely low tailpipe emissions. This is all the more impressive when you consider the Jetta TDI is a clean diesel, achieving the kind of fuel efficiency offered by gasoline-electric hybrids but in a more affordable way.”

     

    The diesel-powered Jetta TDI is now compliant with emission regulations in all 50 states. Its 2.0-liter turbocharged direct injection (TDI) engine produces 140 horsepower and an impressive 236 lb-ft of torque. In addition to its fuel-efficient nature, the Jetta TDI is also value-priced, with a base MSRP of $21,990. For added utility, the Jetta TDI is also available as a SportWagen.

     

    “It is a tremendous honor to have our Jetta TDI awarded Green Car of the Year,” said Stefan Jacoby, CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. “We believe our Jetta TDI’s truly offer a no compromise alternative fuel driving experience that provides our customer the best of both worlds—excellent fuel efficiency combined with a dynamic driving experience. With more than 8,000 units already sold since its mid-August market introduction, it’s clear that a Volkswagen clean diesel is what the people want.”

     

    The Jetta TDI was chosen by a jury of environmental and automotive experts from a field of five finalists that included the BMW 335d, Ford Fusion Hybrid, Saturn Vue 2 Mode Hybrid and smart fortwo.

     

    The jury is composed of nine jurors including Carl Pope, executive director of the Sierra Club; Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council; Jean-Michel Cousteau, president of the Ocean Futures Society; automotive expert and Tonight Show host Jay Leno; automotive icon Carroll Shelby; and four Green Car Journal editors.

     

    The Green Car of the Year award was created by Green Car Journal to highlight ecological innovation in new cars. Previous winners include the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid, Toyota Camry Hybrid and Mercury Mariner Hybrid.

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