The Green Car Journal has bestowed the honour of 2009 Green Car of the Year on the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Clean Diesel.
The award was made at the Los Angeles Motor Show and is recognition of the vehicle’s strong performance, fuel economy and low emissions.
The Jetta got the better of its rivals to become the first diesel vehicle to receive the prestigious award.
Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal said: "Advanced clean diesel has arrived. With its affordable price point, refined ride and handling, and high fuel economy, the Jetta TDI shows that hybrids now have a strong competitor in the marketplace."
The vehicle achieves admirably low emissions, partly thanks to a highly-efficient NOx storage catalytic converter which aborbs [ABSORBS] any lingering nitrogen oxides. This filter is cleaned on a regular basis, while the driver is blissfully unaware, courtesy of an automated engine management mode.
The Jetta is doing brisk business over the pond and is the best-selling European vehicle in the US – responsible for 40 per cent of Volkswagens US sales.
Written by Trevor Coffee