The Green Car of the Year is a diesel – again.

For the second year in a row, Green Car Journal has named a German diesel Green Car of the Year.

The 42-mpg Audi A3 TDI topped a field that included three hybrids and two diesels to take the award presented today at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The judges praised the cars “exceptional fuel economy and low emissions” and hailed it as “stylish” and “fun to drive…”

There’s no shortage of awards and honors doled out in the auto industry, but this one actually means something because all of the cars considered are vehicles you can buy right now. The jury includes greenies like Carl Pope, head of the Sierra Club, and Jean-Michel Cousteau, president of the Ocean Futures Society. But it also includes certified gearheads like Jay Leno and Carroll Shelby to ensure the candidates are cars you’d enjoy driving…

The finalists included the Honda Insight hybrid, Mercury Milan hybrid, Toyota Prius and Volkswagen Golf TDI. Last year’s winner was the Volkswagen Jetta TDI.

Ah me. I only wish more of the diesels – especially small to medium pickups – built by brands with significant presence in the U.S market were offered here. I’d trade in Ruff Boy in a flash.

BTW – if you haven’t tried it – production diesel cars and trucks run better on biodiesel than they do on the stuff from the Oil Patch Boys.

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