Green Car winners announced for Connected, SUV, Luxury vehicles

The Green Car Journal announced the winners of the 2018 Green Car Awards on Media Day at the Washington Auto Show (WAS), Jan. 25. The Kia Niro CUV won Green SUV of the Year, the Cadillac CT6 Plug-in won Connected Green Car of the Year and the Karma Revero won Luxury Green Car of the Year.


“When we started the Green Car Awards in 1992, very few vehicles qualified for the awards,” said Ron Cogan, publisher of Green Car Journal. “Eventually, it was evident it was going to be a very strong field.”


The Cadillac CT6 Plug-in has driver assist technologies for improved safety (such as adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist and enhanced night vision), EPA estimated mileage of 62 mpg and a 430-mile range. It has 100 hp from its electric motors and 330 hp total. The car contains a lot of aluminum, and electric variable transmission makes it more efficient.


SUVs have not always been considered “green vehicles”, Cogan said. But certain trims of the Kia Niro get 50 mpg. The Niro also has automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control.


The Luxury Green Car, the Karma Revero, has 403 hp, a 50-mile battery and a 300-mile range when using electricity in conjunction with its internal combustion engine.


Showing that cars can combine fun and virtue, these award winners are “products that are easy on the eyes and easy on the environment,” Cogan said.

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