Greenest Auto Manufacturer in U.S. Now Hyundai, Honda Set Off Track
By Esther Tanquintic-Misa | May 28, 2014 1:47 PM EST
South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor Co is now the greenest automaker in the United States, unseating Honda Motor Co of Japan, based on the latest Automaker Rankings report released by the Union of Concerned Scientists' (UCS).
UCS attributed Hyundai's title to its concerted effort to improve the fuel efficiency and reduce the tailpipe emissions of its fleet, which resulted to 15 per cent less global warming pollution and 13 per cent less smog-forming pollution emissions than the national average.
"Using the adjusted, updated information on Hyundai-Kia's vehicles after the automaker had to revise its performance data with the U.S. EPA, our analysis shows that they still offer the best average environmental performance of the eight bestselling automakers," UCS said in a statement.
It noted Honda, Greenest Automaker in 2010, made similar improvements to its fleet. However, it "continues to lag the industry in the midsize class, which includes their top-selling vehicle (the Honda Accord)."
Automakers selling their wares in the U.S. need to meet stricter greenhouse-gas limits. In so doing, they have produced dozens of new hybrids, plug-in cars, electric vehicles and models powered by fuel-saving gasoline engines.
"These improvements are driven by consumer demand, new technologies, and strong fuel economy and pollution standards, which require automakers to produce cleaner, more fuel-efficient vehicles. The phase-in of future regulations-including the Tier 3 standards-will ensure these improvements continue," the UCS said.
Hyundai managed to unseat Honda when it placed smaller turbocharged engines in many of its cars, as well as introducing hybrid versions of the bestselling Hyundai Sonata and the Kia Optima, the AP reported.
"While automakers have widely used a few key technologies to reduce the global warming impact of their fleets, other technologies on the horizon are also important," UCS said.
"Despite their progress, Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler still lag behind, with higher than average smog-forming and global warming pollution emissions. Continued investment in fuel-saving technologies will help these and other automakers offer consumers the cleanest, greenest vehicles possible," UCS said.
To report problems or to leave feedback about this article, e-mail:
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
- Still The World Champions: Team USA Overpowers Serbia, 129-92 To Win 2014 FIBA World Cup [PHOTOS]
- Pope Francis: World War III Has Started On Piecemeal
- After Win Over Maidana, Mayweather Says He Is Prepared To Negotiate A Fight With Pacquiao
- From Fat To Fit: Celebrities Who Were Overweight Before They Became The Beauties That They Are
Join the Conversation
- Global Air Travel Alert: Air France Pilots Stage Labour Strike
- West Africa Ebola Epidemic To Last 12-18 Months More
- Pope Francis Blasted For Defying Catholic Doctrine, Marries 20 Couples Who Have Cohabited And Had Children In No Else But St Peter's Basilica
- Venezuelans Using Made-in-China Silicones Because Of Breast Implant Shortage
- Security for Pope Francis' Albania Trip At Status Quo, Won’t Be Reinforced Despite ISIS Threat – Vatican
- Google Release Roundup: Nexus 5 2014, Nexus 6, Nexus 8 and Android L Killer Features
- Pregnant Kate Middleton May Call Off Malta Trip Due To Sickness: Royal Couple Will Move To Anmer Hall Residence
- iPhone 6 And IPhone 6 Plus Sold Out, New Stocks To Arrive In October
- Moto G (Gen 2) vs. Xiaomi Redmi 1S—Specifications, Features And Price Showdown
- Nexus 6, 8 Release Dates Imminent as Moto X Pre-Order Begins & Nexus 7 Deals Ramp Up
- iPhone 6 And iPhone 6 Plus Shipping Has Begun, Expected To Reach Customers’ Doorstep On Sept 19 Launch Date