Mercury Mariner Hybrid Captures First “Green Car of the Year” Award
– The Mercury Mariner Hybrid has become the first vehicle to be honored by Green Car Journal
as the “Green Car of the Year.” The Mercury Mariner Hybrid received the “2006 Green Car of the Year” award at the recent 2006 Los Angeles Auto Show. The award winner is determined by an 11-member panel of international jurors comprised of automotive and environmental experts, including Carroll Shelby, Jean-Michel Cousteau, and Mario Andretti. The panel makes its final selections based on research and driving experience, with an emphasis on vehicles that advance overall efficiency and functionality while decreasing environmental impact. Gasoline-electric hybrids, near-zero mission gasoline models, advanced diesels, and an array of vehicles capable of operating on alternative fuels were among those considered. The Mercury Mariner Hybrid received top honors among five finalists, which also included the Honda Accord Hybrid, Honda Civic Hybrid, Lexus RX 400h, and Toyota Highlander Hybrid.