SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ –– Green Car Journal has identified finalists for its high-profile Green Car Awards™ program hosted each year by the San Antonio Auto & Truck Show. Finalists for 2019 Green Truck of the Year™ include the Chevrolet Colorado, Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F-150, Ford Ranger, and RAM 1500. Making the cut as finalists for 2019 Commercial Green Car of the Year™ are the Ford Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan, Ford Transit Connect, Mercedes-Benz Metris, RAM ProMaster City, and RAM 1500.
“There’s no doubt this is a hot year for pickups and light commercial vehicles,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and GreenCarJournal.com. “With the availability of new-generation pickups and more efficient engine choices, this field of 2019 finalists definitely speaks to pickup and light commercial vehicle buyers who require ‘greener’ vehicles that also deliver high levels of style and functionality.”
Chevrolet’s Colorado mid-size pickup features an efficient turbodiesel engine delivering 30 highway mpg, while the all-new Silverado is hundreds of pounds lighter than the previous generation and offers a new, efficient turbodiesel option. The Ford F-150 adds a new diesel powerplant to the mix, with the automaker’s eagerly-awaited mid-size Ranger pickup making its appearance after a seven-year hiatus. The all-new, more refined RAM 1500 features an array of important updates and availability of eTorque mild-hybrid technology.
The Mercedes-Benz Metris, RAM ProMaster City, and new-generation Ford Transit Connect aim at tradesmen and delivery service fleets requiring both functionality and efficiency in daily operations. RAM 1500 is a workhorse that offers efficiency-enhancing eTorque mild hybrid power in its 3.6-liter V-6 and 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engines. Ford continues to explore new directions with its Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan, a specially-equipped, fleet-focused version of its Fusion Hybrid aimed at detective, fire chief, and other government personnel use.
“The trend toward higher efficiency and greater environmental performance is reflected by the growing number of ‘greener’ new models shown every year at the San Antonio Auto & Truck Show,” said Pam Crail, president of San Antonio Auto Dealers Association. “It’s especially important to recognize these achievements through the Green Truck of the Year™ and Commercial Green Car of the Year™ awards at our show, given South Texas’ reputation as the heart and soul of truck country.”
About Green Car Journal
The Green Car Awards™ are an important part of Green Car Journal’s mission to showcase environmental progress in the auto industry. The award-winning magazine and GreenCarJournal.com are premier sources of information on high fuel efficiency, low emission, advanced technology, and connected vehicles. Green Truck of the Year™ and Commercial Green Car of the Year™ are trademarks of Green Car Journal and RJ Cogan Specialty Publications Group, Inc.
About San Antonio Auto & Truck Show
The San Antonio Auto and Truck Show (SAATS), produced by the San Antonio Dealers Association, is a preeminent automotive event, bringing all things automotive to South Texas each November. Dubbed “the largest showroom in South Texas,” show visitors may shop and compare all makes and models of cars and light trucks, under one roof. The show is also the Truck Capital of the South. SAATS offers up exciting automotive manufacturer displays of the newest model vehicles and the latest, cutting-edge technologies every year. Visitors can also experience the most current and innovative ways to personalize their vehicles in the new MarketPlace. For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.saautoshow.staging.wpengine.com.