Mercedes, BMW, Acura win Green Car Awards

Mercedes, BMW, Acura win Green Car Awards

When Green Car Journalês Green Car Awards were announced at the Washington Auto Show, the winners were the Mercedes-Benz C350e for Connected Green Car of the Year; BMW X5 xDrive40e for Green SUV of the Year; and Acura NSX for Luxury Green Car of the Year.

–The Washington Auto Show is a welcome place to honor the environmental achievement of the automotive industry,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and

The Connected Green Car, the Mercedes C350e, combines its green features with the automakerês most advanced connected and driver-assist technologies. On-board cameras and sensors provide autonomous and semi-autonomous features like adaptive cruise control, steering assist and full automatic emergency braking to help avoid pedestrian and vehicle collisions.

The Green SUV, BMWês X5 xDrive40-e, combines the driver focus of BMW with efficient plug-in hybrid power. This full-size SUV benefits from intelligent all-wheel drive thatês always operating, even while driving on battery power. Drivers can choose from Sport, Comfort and Eco Pro hybrid modes to tailor the driving experience.

The Luxury Green Car, the Acura NSX, is powered by a 500 hp Sport Hybrid SH-AWD powertrain integrating a 3.5-liter mid-ship V-6 and three electric motors. It uses an array of lightweight materials including carbon fiber, SMC fiberglass, aluminum and high strength steel. All this brings 0-60 mph acceleration in 2.9 seconds while delivering more than 30 percent better city fuel efficiency than the previous generation.

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