When most people think of green cars, the first thought that comes to mind may be a tiny gas-sipper with just the barebones, or a Toyota Prius. For the 2009 Green WCOTY award, however, several SUVs will make their presence known among a playing field that includes diminutive vehicles such as the Mini Cooper D, smart ed, and Mitsubishi iMiEV.

America's lone representative in this world car contest will be the Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon Hybrid SUV. Powered by a two-mode hybrid system, the GM products get an EPA-estimated 21 city/22 highway mpg. Other large vehicles contesting for the award are the Audi Q7 3.0 TDI, Mercedes-Benz's ML/R/GL 320 BlueTEC diesel lines, the Nissan X-Trail 20GT, and the Subaru Outback.

Listed below are the vehicles eligible for the 2009 Green World Car of the Year award:

  • Audi Q7 3.0 TDI
  • BMW 335d BluePerformance
  • Chevrolet Tahoe / GMC Yukon Hybrid
  • Citron C1
  • Fiat Palio Weekend Electric
  • Fiat Siena Tetrafuel model
  • Honda FCX Clarity
  • Mazda Hydrogen Rotary RX8
  • Mercedes-Benz ML/R/GL 320 BlueTEC
  • MINI Cooper D
  • MINI E
  • Mitsubishi iMiEV
  • Nissan X-Trail 20 GT
  • smart ed
  • Subaru Legacy/Outback PZEV
  • Tesla Electric Roadster
  • Toyota iQ
  • Volvo C30 1.6D DRIVe
  • Volvo S40 1.6D DRIVe
  • Volvo S80 2.5 FT (Flexifuel)
  • Volvo V50 1.6D DRIVe
  • Volvo V70 2.5 FT (Flexifuel)

Source: Motor Authority