The aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 pickup truck has won the Green Truck of the Year accolade, and the Ram ProMaster City has been named the Commercial Green Car of the Year.
Ford’s heavy bet on the all new aluminum intensive pickup truck is starting to pay off, with yet another prize signed for the trophy case. It’s a quirky one, since being green usually doesn’t bode well with being a pickup truck. But then again inside the segment some are greener than others, so makes sense… sort of. This is also a reflection of how automakers are striving (willing or compelled by the upcoming regulations) to deliver ever more environmentally friendly vehicles. “Over the past few decades, new car models have benefitted from design and technology improvements that have brought higher fuel efficiency and greater levels of environmental compatibility,” comments Ron Cogan, publisher of Green Car Journal, the award organizer. “We’re witnessing the pickup and light commercial vehicle field enjoying the same attention.”
The news took the headlines during the San Antonio Auto & Truck Show and swiftly comes after the Los Angeles Auto Show event last week when the all new Chevrolet Volt took home the wide Green Car of the Year title from a bunch of fierce competitors – including the all new fourth-generation Toyota Prius. The Ford F-150 beat out equally fierce rivals: Chevrolet Colorado Duramax and GMC Canyon Duramax, Nissan Titan XD and the Toyota Tacoma. The Ram ProMaster City was alternated for its category win by the Chevrolet City Express, the Ford Transit Connect, the Mercedes-Benz Metris and the Nissan NV200.