World Green Car of the Year finalists announced

The finalists for the 2013 Green Car of the Year awards have been announced at a special press conference at the Geneva International Motor Show this month.

From an initial pool of five nominations, an expert panel has narrowed the list down to the top three green cars of the year - the Renault Zoe, the Tesla Model S and the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid.

The brand behind each car has been commended for achieving exceptional fuel consumption levels and environmental friendliness with their vehicles.

Bridgestone Corporation general manager of brand management Ryoji Yamada says that his company is very proud to be involved in the awards.

"The environment is everyone's responsibility. And throughout our global family of companies, we take this responsibility very seriously," said Mr Yamada in a statement released March 5.

"We believe it is our mission to serve society with superior quality... not just with eco-friendly products but also in the way we produce those products and the way in which we support our many communities with environmentally-friendly activities."

While none of the three finalists in contention for the title of World Green Car of the Year are currently commercially available in Australia, fleet managers can expect to begin hearing more news about these models in the near future. has suggested that a 2014 launch for the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid "is not out of the question", whilst Renault Australia managing director Justin Hocevar has reportedly claimed that there is "good support" for bringing the Renault Zoe to Australia.

The three finalists for the title of World Green Car of the Year were determined by five experts, who were appointed by the World Car Steering Committee.

The panel included Phil Berg and John Voelcker of the USA, Richard Bremner of the UK, Claus-Peter Koeth of Germany and Tadashi Tateuchi of Japan.