News Flash! Chevy Tahoe Hybrid is LA's "Green Car of the Year"

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by Frank Williams

The 2008 Green Car of the Year winner will be announced at the LA Auto Show in moments! [NB: that's an ironic spear.] The candidates were selected because they "stand out as exemplary models that forward environmental performance in meaningful and quantifiable ways" (per the LA Auto Show press release). They are: the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid, Mazda Tribute Hybrid, Nissan Altima Hybrid, and Saturn Aura Hybrid. Our man on-site, Alex Dykes, sent back photos of the draped winner, and we're going to tell you who won. If you play with the contrast, brightness, and midtones on this shot, you can make out a gold Chevy bowtie in the middle of a split grille. That narrows it to the Tahoe and Malibu hybrids. The size of the vehicle means it has to be…. the Tahoe! How they can give a tank like that a "Green Car of the Year" award totally escapes me.

[UPDATE: A GM rep at the show just confirmed Tahoe's win, saying "Yep, the Tahoe is the winner, we're really proud."]

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  • Stuki Stuki on Nov 15, 2007

    “Think about it people, if you need to tow while hauling people & stuff, (yes, there are people who actually use SUV’s to do this) these new hybrid SUV’s will provide the ‘green’ credentials. Going from 14 mpg up to 20+ mpg is quite an impressive improvement.” If you do all your towing in stop and go traffic in the city, that is.

  • SherbornSean SherbornSean on Nov 15, 2007

    I think Katie lives in an imperial (gallon) world.

  • 928sport 928sport on Nov 15, 2007

    I would think that the way this is going we will see a Kenworth as the green car of the year next!Give me a break!

  • Juniper Juniper on Nov 21, 2007

    Hey Katie The 2008 land cruiser is rated at 13 city 18 hwy. I guess the Truth is the Tahoe Hybrid gets 50% better mileage than the T Cruiser.