All-new Toyota Prius (for North America)

WCOTY Green Car: Two Toyota cars make it to final 3, Prius & Mirai

The World Car of the Year organization announced the three finalists for the 2016 World Green Car at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show held in Switzerland on March 1.

The World Green Car is one of the award categories under World Car of The Year (WCOTY). This time, they will select one car with the most excellent environment performance out of the new models that were debuted from the autumn of 2014 to the autumn of 2015.

As for the conditions, these cars must be in production and sold until spring 2016, and these cars should be on sale in at least two continents of the world. In other words, those cars exclusive to Europe, exclusive to North America, and exclusive to Japan have been excluded from the selection targets. Five environmental experts will be added to the 74 journalists from 23 countries to judge the finalists.

The three finalists for the 2016 World Green Car are the following:

Chevrolet Volt
Toyota Mirai
Toyota Prius

The final three selection is dominated by Toyota, with two models. The all-new Prius and the Mirai were included in the final selection. These models have different powertrains as one is a hybrid vehicle and the other is an FCV, but these two next-generation environmental cars represent Toyota in the finals.

The other car is the all-new Chevrolet Volt by General Motors. The Chevrolet Volt is General Motors’ second-generation plug-in hybrid vehicle. It has already been awarded as the 2016 Green Car of the Year at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show in Autumn 2015.

The 2016 World Green Car awardee will be revealed at the 2016 New York Auto Show, which will be held in the USA on March 23. Last year, the i8, BMW’s PHV sports car under the new brand “i,” received the World Green Car Award.

(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)