2014 Overall Winner Honda Accord Hybrid

Stay tuned shortly for a big announcement from the 2015 Canadian Green Car Award — the announcement of the top finalists in each category.

Once those names are released, the judges, all among Canada’s top automotive reviewers and writers, will begin work selecting the top vehicle in each of the Award’s six categories — Zero Emission, Plug-in Hybrid, Conventional Hybrid, Efficient Internal-Combustion, Three-Row Family Hauler and Fun Car.

The over-all champion, which the judges will choose from the six category winners, will be crowned Friday, March 27 at the Green Living Show.

The Award, now in its third year, is Canada’s premier competition for “green” vehicles. It recognizes both environmental benefits and mass-market appeal, since vehicles need to sell in large numbers to have significant impacts.

Laurie Simmonds, David Miller, Dave Gardner

Laurie Simmonds (CEO of Green Living), David Miller (CEO of WWF) and Dave Gardner (VP of Sales and Marketing with Honda Canada Inc.)

Nissan LEAFHonda Accord HybridVolkswagen Jetta Turbo Hybrid

WINNER: Battery Electric
Nissan LEAF

Honda Accord Hybrid

Volkswagen Jetta Turbo Hybrid

Ford C-Max EnergiMazda3Mazda5

WINNER: Plug-in Hybrid
Ford C-Max Energi

WINNER: Efficient Gasoline or Diesel Internal Combustion
Mazda3 (2.0-litre, AT)

WINNER: Efficient
Three-Row Vehicle


2013 Winner

Ford Fusion Hybrid

The Ford Fusion Hybrid, winner of the 2013 Canadian Green Car Award.

Other 2013 finalists included:

  • Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
  • Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid
  • Mazda’s Mazda 3 highly efficient internal-combustion compact
  • Volkswagen Jetta Turbocharged Hybrid

2014 Categories and Nominees

  1. Battery Electric
    • Nissan LEAF
    • Tesla Model S
    • Ford Focus EV
    • Kia Soul EV
  2. Plug-in Hybrid
    • Cadillac ELR
    • Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid
    • Ford C-Max Energi
  3. Hybrid
    • Honda Accord Hybrid
    • Volkswagen Jetta Turbo Hybrid
    • Infiniti Q50 Hybrid
  4. Efficient Gasoline or Diesel Internal Combustion
    • Mazda3 (2.0-litre, AT)
    • Chevrolet Cruze Diesel
    • Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  5. Efficient Three-Row Vehicle
    • Mazda5
    • Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid
    • Kia Rondo

+ One Overall Winner
Chosen from the five winners of the categories above

Criteria & Forms

In line with other global green car awards, vehicles are nominated by the judges rather than entered by manufacturers. This ensures that every vehicle meeting basic entry criteria is considered, making the Award a better guide for car buyers.

Category winners will be selected through a combination of factual data and judges’ assessments based on test drives, experience and manufacturers’ information. Nominated manufacturers can provide their information using this Spec Sheet:



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The 20 judges, some of the top automotive journalists in Canada, include:

Michael Bettencourt
Contributes regularly to the Globe and Mail’s Drive section, MSN Autos Canada and Autos.ca, and is a World Car of the Year juror.

Jeremy Cato
Senior writer and columnist for the Globe and Mail's Drive section, and his online, print and TV work has appeared in Canada and around the world.

Benoit Charette
Co-owner and chief editor of l’Annuel de l’automobile and L’Annuel de l’auto d’occasion; regular contributor to Summum magazine, History TV, Cogeco, RPM and Radio-Canada.

Marie-Eve Côté
Automotive journalist at RPM Productions.

Justin Couture
Editor of MSN Autos Canada (msn.com/en-us/autos), and writes car reviews, previews, and stories on technology and innovation.

Jacques Deshaies
Writes for the Sun Media Group.

Petrina Gentile
Writes reviews and celebrity test drives for The Globe and Mail’s Drive section and MSN Autos Canada, and produces Car/Business on CTV/BNN.

Peter Gorrie
Environmental specialist; writes vehicle and product reviews as well as the Green Wheels column in the Toronto Star’s Wheels section.

Dan Heyman
Writes online for Autos.ca, autofocus.ca, auto123.com, ecolodriver.com and thedriver.ca covering subjects ranging from green tech to road tests, to motor sport.

Éric LeFrançois
Senior writer and columnist of the Auto section for La Presse, La Presse +, Le Soleil, Le Nouvelliste, Le Droit, Le Quotidien, La Tribune, La Voix de l’Est. Also information manager for L’Annuel de l’Automobile.

Brendan McAleer

Andrew McCredie
Driving editor at the Vancouver Sun and Vancouver Province, and writes an electric-vehicle blog for the Sun called Driving… Unplugged.

Eric Novak
Editor-in-Chief of EnviroDad.com, eco-auto expert at CP24, and contributes automotive content to dadditudes.com and Canadian Family magazine.

Jim Robinson
Writes in Metroland Media Group newspapers in eastern Canada, and Carguide and World of Wheels nationally.

Clayton Seams

Alexandra Straub
Writes for the Black Press Newspaper Group, contributes to Auto123.com, Wheels.ca and Black Press newspapers.

David Taylor
Regular senior contributor to The Driver and Metroland Media, as well as Urban Male Magazine on all manner of vehicles, technology and innovation.

Jonathan Yarkony
Senior Editor at Autos.ca, autoTRADER.ca and autoTRADER.ca Buyers’ Guide, covering car reviews, comparison tests and auto shows.