I asked Cogan which green car releases he's most excited about, and he replied: "My favorites are the cars that offer both environmental performance and a fun-to-drive experience. These attributes are found in all 13 vehicles at the Green Cars/By Design ride-and-drive. Some, like the 2012 eAssist Buick LaCrosse, Fiat 500, Kia Optima Hybrid, and VW Passat TDI are especially exciting because few, if any, people (including media) have had the opportunity to drive them since they’re so new. Lincoln’s MKZ Hybrid car is noteworthy because it's earned a place on Green Car Journal’s ‘Top 5 Green Cars for 2011’ list. But really, all the cars we’re presenting are exciting in their own way."
Among the cars that will be available for testing:
Come on out and give them a whirl! After all, "improved environmental performance is as important on the road as it is in our homes, offices, and in all other facets of our lives," says Cogan. We couldn't agree more.
When not writing, editing, or combing design magazines and blogs for inspiration, Jaime Gillin is experimenting with new recipes, traveling as much as possible, and tackling minor home-improvement projects that inevitably turn out to be more complex than anticipated.