Five finalists for LA Auto Show Green Car of the Year

Five finalists were announced for the 2008 LA Auto Show's Green Car of the Year award. Only one of them can be crowned king, but which will it be?

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The Smart ForTwo is one of five finalists for the LA Auto Show's Green Car of the Year. Daimler/Smart

Five finalists were announced for the 2008 LA Auto Show's Green Car of the Year award. Only one of them can be crowned king, but which will it be?

There are a broad range of green technologies represented in this year's field: clean diesels, gasoline-electric hybrids, and a tiny, thrifty gasoline engine.

Will the winner be the Volkswagen Jetta TDI, which we've heard so much about over the past few months? Perhaps it will be the newly announced BMW 335d, with its 50-state-compliant clean diesel? Representing gas-electric hybrids are the Saturn Vue 2 Mode Hybrid and the Ford Fusion Hybrid, with their all-electric low-speed modes. Tossed into the mix is the Smart ForTwo, a car that takes the less-is-more approach to reducing emissions and consumption by shrinking the car and the engine.

At this point, it's anyone's guess who the winner will be. Check out our gallery of the finalists for the LA Auto Show 2008 Green Car of the Year and stay tuned for our coverage of the 2008 LA Auto Show for the crowning of this year's winner.

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