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2009 Earth, Wind & Power Awards

Inaugural Earth, Wind & Power
Car of the Year Winner Announced

By Samantha Gasco

From high-tech hybrids to the latest clean diesel technology the ICOTY jury sought out in 2009 to honor the most environmentally-friendly car of the year with the Earth, Wind & Power Awards (EWP). Although hybrids are celebrated, this year the jury took special interest in honoring the clean diesel technologies destined to help preserve the planet. All EWP nominees deserve recognition, but it is the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI that took home top honors as the inaugural EWP Car of the Year.

2009 Volkswagen TDI
2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

The days of routine refueling are looking bleak since the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI hit the market. Mileage is stretched to great lengths as this VW is radically reducing emissions, which could be one of the reasons the Jetta TDI was recognized with top honors as the Earth, Wind & Power Car of the Year.

Coming standard with a six-speed manual transmission, the Jetta TDI is a breath of fresh air as it gets an estimated 30-mpg city and 41-mpg highway, making an ever-lasting difference by diminishing its dependence on fossil fuels. The high-torque, high-mileage, TDI Clean Diesel's engine use a “common rail” direct injection system to decrease over 95 percent of all sooty emissions.

Certified for sale in all 50 states, the Jetta TDI's earth-friendly ways have landed it at the top as the most environmentally-friendly car of the year. But the Jetta TDI surpasses its earth hugging goal giving customers more than expected with key features that include standard heated seats and electronic stability control. Overall, the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI is an economical and affordable Volkswagen that delivers the turbo power drivers love all while being powered with latest clean diesel technology our planet loves.

Earth, Wind & Power Car of the Year Top Nominees

2009 BMW 335d

2009 BMW 335d

Built with the environment in mind, the BMW 335d’s diesel duty is what drove this car to earn a top spot as a 2009 EWP Car of the Year nominee. Certified for sale in all 50 states, the clean diesel 335d, comes standard in a six-speed automatic transmission and hordes the turbo charged power BMW drivers love. The 335d will get drivers and estimated 23-mpg city and 36-mpg highway and will get an average 580 miles per tank. The BMW also features advanced safety technologies including a head protection system, dynamic stability control and enhanced braking systems. Starting at $43,900 MSRP the BMW 335d is slim, trim and determined to befriend Mother Earth with its diesel cleanliness.

2009 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI

2009 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI

Bigger and broader than its sister sedan, the Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI deserves its place on ICOTY’s list of top nominees. A Volkswagen clean in diesel dress, this SportWagen delivers turbo power with the latest clean diesel technologies, making it a fuel efficient powerhouse with a roomy body to get you and your family where you need to go, fast and eco friendly. The Jetta SportWagen TDI will get drivers and estimated 30-mpg city and 41-mpg highway; key features include standard heated seats and electronic stability control, but come optional with all the high-tech gadgets including a touch screen navigation system. The Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI may have not taken top honors but it certainly deserves recognition.

Click here to view the International Car of the Year Award Winners

For More Environmental News Visit the Earth, Wind & Power Blogazine

2009 ICOTY Awards Links
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