#CarNews: Honda Insight named 2019 Green Car of the Year®

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Honda’s third generation Insight hybrid sedan has been named Green Car Journal’s 2019 Green Car of the Year® at the Los Angeles Auto Show’s (LA Auto Show®) AutoMobility LA™.

This award honors the vehicle that most significantly raises the bar in environmental performance while remaining within reach of most consumers. Since 1992, the award-winning Green Car Journal has been recognized as the leading authority on the intersection of automobiles, energy, and the environment.

The expanded 2019 Green Car Awards™ also recognized two increasingly important categories this year – the 2019 Luxury Green Car of the Year™, awarded to the Jaguar I-PACE and the 2019 Green SUV of the Year™, awarded to the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

The original futuristic-looking Honda Insight made waves as the first gasoline-electric hybrid production model on American roads in late-1999. Today, the all-new, third generation Insight hybrid  has reinvented itself, making a bold statement that driving enjoyment, technology prowess, and impressive 52 mpg combined fuel efficiency can come in a mainstream package with Honda’s signature DNA and style.

The Green Car of the Year® has been selected by Green Car Journal editors and invited jurors from highly-respected efficiency and environmental organizations. This year’s invited Green Car of the Year® jurors include celebrity auto enthusiast Jay Leno; Jean-Michel Cousteau, President of Ocean Futures Society; Matt Petersen, President and CEO of Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator and Board Chair of Climate Mayors; Dr. Alan Lloyd, President Emeritus of the International Council on Clean Transportation and Senior Research Fellow at the Energy Institute, University of Texas at Austin; Mindy Lubber, President of CERES; and Jason Hartke, President of the Alliance to Save Energy.

Winner of the 2019 Luxury Green Car of the Year™, the Jaguar I-PACE is an impressive premium model replete with aggressive styling, great performance, and desired efficiency delivered by all-electric power. Acceleration and road-handling manners are superb and assisted with advanced Torque Vectoring by Braking and Adaptive Surface Response, lending sports car-like agility to this crossover SUV. It features a confidence-inspiring 234 mile electric driving range.

Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV is the automaker’s formidable answer for those desiring plug-in hybrid power in an affordable, all-wheel drive SUV. Using an innovative series-parallel plug-in hybrid system, the mid-size SUV can operate on all-electric drive, conventional gas-electric hybrid drive, or series hybrid drive with the engine generating electricity to assist the battery in powering electric drive motors.

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