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Finalists for Washington Auto Show Luxury, Connected, and SUV/Crossover Green Car Awards to be Announced at AutoMobility LA™ Press Conference

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Green Car Journal will announce finalists for its prestigious Washington Auto Show 2017 Green SUV of the Year™, Connected Green Car of the Year™, and Luxury Green Car of the Year™ awards at a Green Car Awards press conference held at LA Auto Show's AutoMobility LA, on November 17. The finalists will be a part of the AutoMobility LA Ride & Drive that day so media can test drive these cars. Winners of the three awards will then be identified in Washington, D.C., during the 2017 Washington Auto Show's Policy Day on January 26. These coveted awards recognize the best-of-the-best in three of the fastest-growing "green" segments in the automotive field.

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"We're delighted to be announcing finalists for our three Washington Auto Show Green Car Awards™ in California, one of the most important 'green' car markets in the world," said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and GreenCarJournal.com. "Highlighting the full complement of finalists in Los Angeles and then announcing winners in Washington, D.C., the epicenter of policies guiding vehicles to a more efficient and environmentally-positive future, is ideally aligned."

The coordination of Green Car Awards™ announcements and joint exhibition of finalists is a significant new development between major auto shows on the auto show circuit. This milestone underscores the growing importance of "green" cars in the auto industry and how they are in turn creating synergies in complementary areas as well. Green Car Journal's Green Car of the Year® has been a high-profile program at Los Angeles Auto Show's press and trade days since 2005. Beginning in 2008, the Green Car Awards™ have been a key feature of The Washington Auto Show, the "public policy show" on the auto show circuit that puts a priority on safety and sustainability.

"We are proud of our partnership with Green Car Journal and Ron Cogan, whose anticipated suite of awards help shape the national conversation on the innovations that will drive our industry and country forward," said Geoff Pohanka, chairman of The Washington Auto Show. 

"Hosted in a state that sets the environmental benchmark for the nation, LA Auto Show's AutoMobility LA is a natural fit for automakers to debut green vehicles and organizations to make important announcements," shared Terri Toennies, Executive Vice President and General Manager of LA Auto Show and AutoMobility LA.  "We are thrilled that Green Car Journal and the Washington Auto Show will add to this year's green repertoire at AutoMobility LA," added Toennies.

About Green Car Journal
The award-winning Green Car Journal has focused on the intersection of automobiles, energy, and environment since its launch in 1992. As part of its mission, the magazine hosts events, produces ride-and-drives of advanced and clean fuel vehicles, and conducts various outreach efforts to educate consumers on better and more environmentally positive vehicle choices. The magazine's content is featured online at www.GreenCarJournal.com.

About WANADA and the Washington Auto Show
Produced by the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association (WANADA), The Washington Auto Show provides an opportunity to explore the latest cars, technologies, and innovations in safety and sustainability. Celebrating its 75th year in 2017, the Washington Auto Show, the largest public event in DC, will present MobilityTalks International®, a global discussion on the future of mobility regulation, harmonization and smart cities, followed by a Capitol Hill event, Ride and Drive with advanced technology vehicles at RFK Stadium, and press day at the Washington Convention Center.  Media Days:  Jan. 24-26, and Public Days: Jan. 27-Feb.5.    For more information on the 2017 Washington Auto Show, see www.washingtonautoshow.com. Follow us at http://Twitter.com/washautoshow and http://Facebook.com/washautoshow.

About the Los Angeles Auto Show and AutoMobility LA
Founded in 1907, the Los Angeles Auto Show (LA Auto Show®) is the first major North American auto show of the season each year.  In 2016, the show's Press & Trade Days merged with the Connected Car Expo (CCE) to become AutoMobility LA, the industry's first trade show converging the technology and automotive industries to launch new products and technologies and to discuss the most pressing issues surrounding the future of transportation and mobility.  AutoMobility LA 2016 will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center Nov. 14-17, with manufacturer vehicle debuts intermixed.  LA Auto Show will be open to the public Nov. 18-27. AutoMobility LA is where the new auto industry gets business done, unveils groundbreaking new products and makes strategic announcements in front of media from around the globe. LA Auto Show is endorsed by the Greater L.A. New Car Dealer Association and is operated by ANSA Productions. To receive the latest show news and information, follow LA Auto Show on Twitter at twitter.com/LAAutoShow or via Facebook at facebook.com/LAAutoShow and sign up for alerts at http://www.laautoshow.com/.  For more information about AutoMobility LA, please visit http://www.automobilityla.com/.

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SOURCE The Washington Auto Show

For further information: For Washington Auto Show: Barbara Pomerance, bp@pomeranceassociates.com, 800-697-7574; For LA Auto Show: Sanaz Marbley, smarbley@jmprpublicrelations.com, (818) 992-4353