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Three clean diesel vehicles stole the spotlight at the recent Washington DC Auto Show. The vehicles received awards for possessing top of the line fuel economy and retaining long-term value. Green Car Journal designated the Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel as the “2015 SUV of the Year.” The 2015 Volkswagen Golf and 2015 Volkswagen Passat TDI clean diesel vehicles took home the “Best Value” awards handed out by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.
Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum, Allen Schaeffer, applauded the environmentally friendly vehicles for adhering to clean energy technology. “We’re pleased to see the new generation of clean diesel cars recognized by the experts at the Green Car Journal and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance,” said Schaeffer. “These latest awards are a reflection of the impressive real-world fuel efficiency, advanced diesel engine and emission technology, and cleaner diesel fuel that is now the standard for today’s clean diesel cars, SUVs and pickup trucks. Today, consumers have an ever-growing selection of green vehicles to choose from and these clean diesel winners once again highlight that clean diesels can compete in such competitive fields of advanced technology vehicles.
According to Ron Cogan, who edits and publishes Green Car Journal, the automobile industry has transformed from an industry that produced small energy efficient cars to an industry that manufactures green vehicles in virtually every category. Consumers who historically have shopped for vehicles to go green no longer face limited model choices. As the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee proves, size does not play a factor in creating environmentally friendly vehicles. Consumers have expanded their green vehicle options to include sedans, coupes, SUV, and even pickup trucks.
Cogan said the Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel won the “2015 Green SUV of the Year” award for many reasons that include superior fuel efficiency. The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine generates up to 470 horsepower and 460 pounds-feet of torque. Yet, the super-sized SUV delivers up to 30 miles per gallon on the highway, while burning eco-friendly B20 biodiesel fuel. The four-door, five-passenger Jeep Grand Cherokee comes in nine trims, including the popular Laredo four by two and SRT four by four trim options.