2009 World Green Car of the Year candidates announced

The 2009 World Green Car of the Year candidates have been announced prior to the 2009 New York Auto Show which is still about 5 months away.

Previous years winners include the BMW 118d in 2008, the Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec in 2007 and the Honda Civic Hybrid in 2006. The 2009 candidates must be on sale by Dec. 31st.

Some of our favorites from the list include the BMW 335d BluePerformance, Audi Q7 3.0 TDI, Honda FCX Clarity, MINI E, Tesla Roadster and the Toyota iQ. The

Follow the jump for the full list.

2009 World Green Car of the Year Candidates:

Audi Q7 3.0 TDI
BMW 335d BluePerformance
Chevrolet Tahoe / GMC Yukon Hybrid
Citroën C1
Fiat Palio Weekend Electric
Fiat Siena Tetrafuel model
Honda FCX Clarity
Mazda Hydrogen Rotary RX8
Mercedes-Benz ML/R/GL 320 BlueTEC
MINI Cooper D
Mitsibishi iMiEV
Nissan X-Trail 20 GT
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Subaru Legacy/Outback PZEV
Tesla Electric Roadster
Toyota iQ
Volvo C30 1.6D DRIVe
Volvo S40 1.6D DRIVe
Volvo S80 2.5 FT (Flexifuel)
Volvo V50 1.6D DRIVe
Volvo V70 2.5 FT (Flexifuel)