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2012 Earth, Wind & Power Car of the Year Awards

2014 Audi Q5 Named

Earth, Wind & Power's 6th Annual
- Most Earth Aware - SUV of the Year

Sponsored by
Bridgestone Tire Sponsors 2011 International Car of the Year Awards

For Immediate Release

DETROIT - January 14, 2014 – Earth, Wind & Power Media announced today the winner of its 2014 Most Earth Aware SUV of the Year...

2014 AUDI Q5

Read Review by Martha Hindes

There's so much to savor with this right-sized, smack-down good-looking, environmentally-conscious and just plain fun utility vehicle. With those attributes to consider, Earth, Wind & Power (EWP) judges could think of only one word to wrap it all up: Winner! Winner, that is, of the 2014 Earth, Wind & Power – Most Earth Aware SUV of the Year!

As automakers pour billions of dollars into developing the most fuel efficient, most environmentally-cleansing vehicles to get us around, receiving recognition for those efforts would seem to be in the best interest of everyone. That was the impetus that led to the establishment of the Earth, Wind & Power Truck/Utility of the Year Award six years ago.

The trophy for the 2014 Audi Q5 was presented to Mark Del Rosso, executive vice president and COO Audi America at a private ceremony during the 2014 North American International Auto Show.

“We are honored to accept the Earth, Wind & Power Award for Most Earth Aware SUV of the year, which recognizes the environmental friendliness and fuel economy of the Audi Q5.” said Del Rosso.

On hand to present the award were Mike Martini, president Bridgestone America OE and EWP sponsor; Shannon Roche, RTM social media manager; Courtney Caldwell, EWP founder; and Martha Hindes, auto journalist.

“With climate change and dependence on foreign oil a major concern, more people than ever are turning to fuel-efficient or alternative powered vehicles,” said Caldwell. “It’s become of vital interest to consumers, automakers, and the future of the planet to produce vehicles that are earth compatible."

With those factors in focus, judges sought out vehicles aimed at being in the forefront of improving rather than complicating the environmental situation. So when they learned of the Q5's multiple earth-conscious personalities, they knew it demanded a try.

Earth, Wind & Power Names the 2014 Audi Q5 Most Earth Aware SUV of the Year for 2014Audi calls the Q5 "sporty and sophisticated, spacious and functional." We agree. Its green attributes and the strength of its Audi character were pointed out by Del Rosso. “In addition to its excellent fuel economy, the Audi Q5 combines the sportiness of a sedan with a variable interior and many practical solutions for everyday and recreational use. With 2013 year to date sales up 40.8% compared to 2012, it’s clear that consumers are continuing to respond positively to the 2014 Audi Q5’s sportiness and sophistication, spaciousness and functionality.”

In response to the acceleration and urgency of global warming and climate change, automakers are taking swift action by reducing their energy consumption through the use of earth friendly power supplies, thereby producing more fuel efficient vehicles and upgrading to cleaner power sources such as hybrids, electric, diesel, flex-fuel, ethanol or gasoline powered vehicles that achieve higher MPG.

Bridgestone, longtime lead sponsor and supporter of the EWP and ICOTY Awards, recognizes the consumer-product relationship as critical to vehicle success.

“Bridgestone is proud to support the EWP awards, and applauds the Bridgestone Tire Sponsors 2013 Earth, Wind & Power Awards - 2013 Dodge Dart Named 2013 EWP Car of the Yearefforts of these automakers that like our company demonstrate a strong commitment to innovative technology,” said Michael Martini, president, Consumer OE, Bridgestone Americas. “Through the combined efforts of everyone in the auto industry, and led by automakers like those being recognized today, we will continue to meet and exceed the demands of the motoring public.”

"We would like to thank Bridgestone Tire for sponsoring the 2014 Earth, Wind & Power "Most Earth Aware" Awards," said founder Courtney Caldwell. Their continued annual support has allowed us to honor automakers for vehicles designed and engineered with power sources that contribute to a healthier and cleaner environment.

“It's amazing to see the rapid progress automakers are making with the development of alternative power sources and the examples they’re setting to other nations. Their progress will prove significant in the return of Earth’s natural balance, which in turn will improve the quality of life for all people on the planet.”

About Earth, Wind & Power Media – The goal of EWP Media (blog, website and awards) is to educate, enlighten, and empower consumers about alternative energy sources such as solar, wind, water and other natural resources so they can make informed decisions on which energy efficient vehicles to buy. EWP aims to help educate consumers on where to find and how to use the tools necessary to convert their everyday lives into an organic and balanced state of living.

The mission of the EWP Awards is to honor vehicles that are driven by a power source that helps improve climate change by reducing the amount of CO2 emissions poured into the Earth’s atmosphere, promote a cleaner environment, and support the ultimate mission to achieve energy independence through alternative power sources. Vehicles are judged on how environmentally progressive they are in reducing greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere.


Media Contact: Shannon Roche
Phone: 310.322.8000 PT

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