Tony O'Kane | Apr 15, 2009

Honda's FCX Clarity has earned numerous accolades from the world's motoring press, but now it's got a new feather to add to its cap.

Fifty-nine jurors from the 2009 World Car of The Year judging panel have voted the fuel cell-powered Honda the 2009 World Green car, an award that lends the Japanese automaker some significant bragging rights.

The FCX Clarity beat 22 other contenders, including Mitsubishi's battery-powered iMiEV and Toyota's fuel sipping iQ - both of which made the top three. The Clarity's only hydrogen-powered competitor was the Mazda Hydrogen Rotary RX-8, a largely experimental vehicle that has yet to make it to series production.

β€œThe FCX clarity is an utterly real, hydrogen-fuelled luxury sedan that provides the amenities people expect in a premium car with 430 km range, fuel consumption of about 3.3 litres/100 km (72 mpg US) equivalent and zero tailpipe emissions," said World Car jurors in a statement released yesterday.

"While there is only so much the automotive industry can do when it comes to this technology – governments need to come onboard to help create a true refuelling infrastructure – Honda must be credited for taking a bold step in leasing FCX Clarity to customers in California for US$600 per month.

"There's still a long way to go before fuel-cell cars will become a commercial success, but hats off to Honda for continuing to advance this expensive technology during a time when every cent counts.”

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