By on September 30, 2015

Are those tall buildings or are you just happy to see a 2009 Volkswagen Jetta [sportwagon]? (courtesy motortrend.com)

Green Car Journal announced Wednesday that they would take back two awards given to vehicles that are now part of Volkswagen’s diesel emissions debacle. The 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI and 2010 Audi A3 TDI were bestowed Green Car of the Year awards by the publication.

“Rescinding the Green Car of the Year awards for the VW Jetta TDI and Audi A3 TDI is unfortunate but appropriate,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of the Green Car Journal.

Green Car Journal is taking back the awards based on the vehicles’ ineligibility to be considered.

Representatives from Volkswagen and Audi have agreed to return the awards. No details were given about whether the honors would be re-awarded to other vehicles from competing companies.

Audi of America President Scott Keogh said in a statement that “Audi has won hundreds of races and thousands of awards throughout its history. But we only want to win fair and square. Therefore, in light of recent developments, we believe the only right thing to do is to return this important recognition of environmental stewardship. We are determined to compete — and hopefully win — Green Car of the Year awards the proper way in future years.”

No statement was provided by Volkswagen of America.

The backtrack is likely the first of many we will see from publications looking to distance themselves from the diesel emissions controversy.

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14 Comments on “Green Car Journal Strips Volkswagen, Audi of Awards...”


  • avatar
    VoGo

    I don’t know what’s worse: losing the public’s confidence, sales momentum and billions of dollars OR a meaningless award from a group no one heard of or cares about. Tough week for VW.

    • 0 avatar
      EAF

      This is histerical, VW has a complety meaningless award rescinded 5+ years later. Lmaooo You just can’t make this $hit up, I love it. Feed me more!

      • 0 avatar
        dantes_inferno

        > This is histerical, VW has a complety meaningless award rescinded 5+ years later. Lmaooo You just can’t make this $hit up, I love it. Feed me more!

        This award was about as meaningful as an honorary degree from university.

  • avatar
    HerrKaLeun

    Took them quite long considering thsi was not a gray zone. But sure they needed a board meeting before taking the award back.

    I’d hope VW also would apologize to Toyota et al for their arrogant “we don’t need hybrids, we can be better than hybrids with our clean diesels”

  • avatar
    CJinSD

    This is a pretty entertaining symptom of the industry of stand up philosophers that has descended to harvest the stupidity of the brainwashed sector of the public. The Green Car grifters have to pretend that VW Audi pulled the wool over their eyes and the award wasn’t given by a bunch of incompetents that know enough not to sweat the details. VW Audi has to figure out if responding to the loss of the meaningless award is more or less damaging than ignoring it, a decision they’re probably sad that the Green Car cretins made in favor of responding to the news.

    • 0 avatar
      dantes_inferno

      >This is a pretty entertaining symptom of the industry of stand up philosophers that has descended to harvest the stupidity of the brainwashed sector of the public.

      Never underestimate the human potential for stupidity.

  • avatar
    statikboy

    But how did a diesel car ever win a green award in the first place. The particulates for all diesels are ridiculously high.

    • 0 avatar
      redmondjp

      That is no longer true thanks to the Diesel Particulate Filter (AKA Soot Trap). Also, the high-pressure direct injection results in better fuel atomization which results in more complete combustion.

      The higher the combustion temperature, the less soot (particulate) is generated, but the more NOx. The problem was high NOx.

  • avatar

    I’m still mad that they followed up the classic design of the 4th generation Jetta with the chromed Corolla 5th generation.

    • 0 avatar
      dantes_inferno

      > I’m still mad that they followed up the classic design of the 4th generation Jetta with the chromed Corolla 5th generation.

      Precisely why I kept and restored both my 4th generation (1.8T) and 3rd generation (1.8T conversion) Jettas. The only new VW that I have any remote interest in is not even sold in this country (Scirocco) – and this is coming from someone who owned a Mk1 Scirocco.

  • avatar
    dantes_inferno

    Green is the new word for sucker.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    Such a well-known and renowned publication, surely. I’ve never heard of it. They need to update their website as well, as their “Green Events” page still features 100% Audi.

    http://greencarjournal.com/green-car-events/

  • avatar
    VW16v

    I think Green Car Journal is more recognized for taking away those awards then actually giving them out. Don’t think a lot of people have heard of Green car journal.

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