With this week’s run-up to the Chicago Auto Show it’s easy to forget that fact that even now there’s another one taking place inside the beltway. That’s because despite the fact it’s held much closer to America’s center of political power than that of the Windy City, the goings-on at the Washington Auto Show are, for the most part, geared more towards vehicle policy than automotive performance.
But be that as it may, earlier today the nation’s capital had the honor of hosting yet another inaugural event. But this time it was of the technological, not political, variety.
“We were pleased that the Green Car Journal selected The Washington Auto Show as the venue to announce its inaugural Green Car Technology Award,” said Robert Fogarty, president of Sport Automotive and WAS Show Chairman.
Mazda’s technology suite was picked from a field of finalists from Green Car Journal’s ‘Top 10 Green Car Technologies for 2013.’ that consisted of:
• Fiat MultiAir
• Fisker EVer Powertrain
• Ford Auto Stop-Start
• Ford EcoBoost
• Ford Energi
• Honda Eco Assist
• Mazda SkyACTIV
• Nissan Easy-Fill Tire Alert
• Tesla Powertrain
• Toyota RAV4 EV Powertrain
“The approach that Mazda is taking by incorporating its full suite of efficient SkyACTIV technologies in its all-new models is important,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of the Green Car Journal. “Optimizing the entire vehicle, from engine and transmission to chassis, body structure, and all the components large and small that make up a modern vehicle is truly paramount. This holistic philosophy epitomizes the ideal in delivering the enabling technologies so important to creating the efficient, fun-to-drive models required for a more environmentally compatible driving future.”
For those planning on attending the show, a Mazda Mazda6 SkyACTIV as well as a selection of models representing the technology award finalists will be on display at the WAS in the show’s Advanced Technology Superhighway (ATS) Lounge on the main show floor.