As we noted in our Daily Roundup yesterday, the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI was named Green Car of the Year at the annual Los Angeles Auto Show. The diesel-powered, turbocharged engine is EPA-rated to sip "clean diesel" at a modest 41 miles per gallon on the highway, 30 in the city. Many environmentalists might find the decision to bestow such an honor on an all-fossil-fuel-powered car a bit unsettling. While 41 mpg puts the TDI among the most fuel-efficient cars on the American road, it still scores an industry-average six points out of ten on the EPA's pollution rating system. So while "clean diesel" might be clean for diesel, it's still far behind the Honda Civic Hybrid and Toyota Prius, which both achieve a better fuel economy and pollution score than the Jetta TDI.
- Michael Fox
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