Green Car Journal is rescinding the Green Car of the Year awards previously honoring the 2009 VW Jetta TDI and 2010 Audi A3 TDI in wake of the ‘defeat device’ scandal. This is the first instance in the decade long history that Green Car award has been revoked.
In returning its award, Audi America’s president Scott Keogh added that, “Audi has won hundreds of races and thousands of awards throughout its history. But we only want to win fair and square. Therefore, in light of recent developments, we believe the only right thing to do is to return this important recognition of environmental stewardship. We are determined to compete – and hopefully win – Green Car of the Year® awards the proper way in future years.”
With Volkswagen confessing to have installed 11 million cars with ‘defeat device’, which caused in-lab emissions testing to read significantly lower nitrogen oxide emissions than these vehicles actually produced on the road. Environmental Protection Agency emission certifications used in the process of determining award eligibility were thus incorrect, and have since been declared invalid by these government agencies.
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Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of the Green Car Journal and CarsOfChange.com said “These models were selected as Green Car of the Year above others for compelling reasons, including high fuel efficiency, reduced carbon emissions, a fun-to-drive nature, and the ability to meet 50 state emissions requirements with advanced diesel technology. Rescinding the Green Car of the Year® awards for the VW Jetta TDI and Audi A3 TDI is unfortunate but appropriate,”
The annual Green Car of the Year award recognizes new vehicle models that best raise the bar in environmental performance. Efficiency, emissions, and overall environmental improvement are considered along with market significance, value, and widespread availability to consumers. There has been no word on whether any other car will be awarded retrospectively, but the possibility for which seems remote.