LA Auto Show: Green Car of the Year Finalists

A look at the different technologies that go into the five finalists for Green Car of the Year at the LA Auto Show, Nov. 18-27.

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There are many different shades of green when it comes to "green cars." Consider this year's five finalists for Green Car Journal's Green Car of the Year and the different technologies they use. The LA Auto Show is Nov. 18-27.
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Ford Focus Electric: Complete with a "Brake Coach" to help maximize the car's regenerative braking system, Ford puts the Focus on electricity. About the Ford Focus Electric
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Toyota Prius V: It's the car that comes to mind when many people think "green car." The iconic brand has expanded into its own vehicle lineup, which includes a larger model that's paired with Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive system. About the Toyota Prius V
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Volkswagen Passat TDI: Turbo-diesel technology works on the race track (Google "Peugeot Audi Le Mans"), but VW uses it in its road cars. The Passat, engineered and designed to help VW target the U.S. market in 2012, produces lower emissions and high mpg. About the Passat TDI
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Mitsubishi i: This happy computer mouse on wheels has 80-some lithium ion batteries under its floor. It's designed to take on the Nissan Leaf and -- at $21,600 after tax savings -- provide a less expensive alternative in the EV market. About the Mitsubishi i
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Honda Civic Natural Gas: You've seen the blue CNG stickers on the back of buses, now Honda offers a Natural Gas-powered version of its popular Civic. About the Civic Natural Gas
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