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2009 Earth, Wind & Power Awards

EARTH, WIND & POWER Awards Honor
Most Environmentally Progressive Car and Truck of the Year

In response to the increased demand for eco-friendly transportation, the International Car of the Year Awards (ICOTY) set the stage for the debut of the EARTH, WIND & POWER Awards (EWP) in January 2009 to honor the Most Environmentally Progessive Car and Truck of the Year.

The inaugural awards were presented at the 13th annual ceremony held January 10, 2009 at the MGM Grand Detroit on the eve of press week for the North American International Auto Show.

Earth, Wind & Power Car of the Year: 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

The award's mission is to recognize vehicles driven by a power source that helps reduce global warming, are conducive to promoting a cleaner environment, and support the mission to achieve energy independence through alternative sources.

The 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI was honored as the EWP Car of the Year. The award was accepted by Volkswagen of America's Chief Operating Officer Mark Barnes.

The honor of for the 2009 EWP Truck of the Year went to the Ford Escape Hybrid. Nancy Gioia, Director of Sustainability and Hybrid Vehicle Programs accepted the award on behalf of Ford Motor Company.

Earth, Wind & Power Truck of the Year: 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid

Great progress is being made by automakers in the environmental arena by reducing the energy they consume through the use of greener power supplies, thereby producing more fuel efficient vehicles and upgrading to cleaner power sources such as hybrids, electric, flex-fuel and ethanol. The EWP Awards honor vehicles making this progress.

With global warming and concerns about dependence of foreign oil becoming more mainstream today, more and more people are turning to fuel-efficient or alternative fuel vehicles,” said Courtney Caldwell, ICOTY creator and producer. “It’s become of vital interest to consumers, automakers, and the future of our planet to produce vehicles that are compatible with our environment.”

The recipients of the EWP Awards were selected by a jury of 16 respected automotive journalists and editors whose opinions and publications matter to automakers.

While environmentally-friendly vehicles contribute significantly in returning the planet to its organic state, it’s important to note that cars alone are not the main culprit of global warming. There are many causes for greenhouse emissions from commercial buildings to individual consumption. “Time is running out,” said Caldwell. “Now is the time to develop alternative power sources that will not only protect the planet but will also improve the quality of our lives.”

For All Things Environmental Visit: Earth, Wind & Power Blogazine

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