The Green Car Journal Awards took place on Thursday, announcing Volvo's new XC90 T8 as the 2016 Luxury Green Car of the Year.

The awards took place during the Washington Auto Show's Public Policy Day in Washington DC.

Other winners announced included Chevrolet's Malibu Hybrid, named 2016 Connected Green Car of the Year and Honda's HR-V, picking up Green Car Journal's 2016 Green SUV of the Year.

The Green Car Awards are a key part of The Washington Auto Show. The awards put an emphasis on safety as well as sustainability, with Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and, commenting on the show's criteria saying, "These are stand-out vehicles in an increasingly sophisticated and appealing field of 'green' cars... Rising to the top as award winners means these three exceptional vehicles set a benchmark in the auto industry's effort to create vehicles that are desirable and efficient, while also achieving environmental milestones so important for our driving future."

Full details of the awards can be found online.

The 2016 Washington Auto Show has revised its public opening as a result of the snow advisory. It is now scheduled to open Jan. 25.