Earth, Wind & Power, the online environmental magazine, announced the winners of its "2010 Most Environmentally Progressive Car & Truck" last week at a ceremony in downtown Los Angeles. The mission of the EWP awards is to recognize vehicles that contribute to the reduction of global warming, are conducive to promoting a cleaner environment, and help reduce dependence on foreign oil through alternative energy sources.

Leading up to the awards, the final contenders in the car category were the Ford Fusion Hybrid, Toyota Prius, and Volkswagen Golf TDI. Ford ended up ultimately walking away with the honors -- adding to a growing list of accolades; which also includes a recent inclusion in Car and Driver's "10 Best". The vehicle, with a base price of $27,625, gets gas mileage ratings of 41 mpg city and 36 mpg highway; and is also the first American hybrid able to fully move under electric power alone.

In the truck category, the contenders included the Audi Q7 TDI Clean Diesel and the Lexus RX450h Hybrid. With 30 percent better fuel economy than a comparable gasoline-powered engine (and 20 percent less greenhouse gas emissions), the Audi SUV walked away with "Truck of the Year".

"Energy independence and fuel efficiency are serious issues that need to be addressed. We are thrilled that TDI clean diesel technology is getting the recognition it deserves for the significant impact it can have on building a cleaner planet and reducing dependence on foreign oil," said Johan de Nysschen, President, Audi of America.

Earth, Wind & Power's impressive jury of 19 people included experts from Auto Week, Edmunds, Kelley Blue Book, and Car and Driver. To learn more about the awards, visit the official site here.

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Winners chosen for 2010 Most Environmentally Progressive Car & Truck
Earth, Wind & Power Awards give top honors to Ford and Audi.