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Hyundai-Kia Passes Honda As Greenest Automaker

May 28, 2014

Chart courtesy of UCS.
Chart courtesy of UCS.

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) recently announced its rankings of the environmental performance of 2013 model-year light-duty vehicles sold in the U.S. by the top eight automakers. The 2014 overall winner, Hyundai-Kia, unseated last year's greenest manufacturer, Honda.

"Hyundai-Kia has made a concerted effort to improve the fuel efficiency of its fleet—and therefore reduce its global warming emissions—by turbocharging and downsizing engines utilized in a number of models. The company has also reduced its global warming emissions by introducing hybrid-electric versions of two of its top-selling vehicles, the Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima," according to the UCS report.

According to the UCS, for the first time ever, all eight major automakers reduced their average global warming emissions compared to their respective 1998 fleet average, the model year examined in the UCS's inaugural report. The average new vehicle is emitting around 20 percent less global warming pollution and nearly 87 percent less smog-forming tailpipe emissions.

Click here for the full report.

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  1. 1. Ed Miller [ May 28, 2014 @ 11:03AM ]

    The who??? Union of Concerned Scientists??? Concerned about what? Under whose authority?

    Of course, they didn't mention that Honda was doing "green" while Hyundai was building disposable cars that leaked oil on the showroom floor and Kia wasn't even in the US market. And, Honda does it largely without turbos and other forced air wizardry. In truth, forced air technology has very little to do with it. Increased mileage is delivered primarily through six, seven, eight and higher speed transmissions.

    Congratulations to the UCS for showing us the latest flash in the pan and explaining it badly.

  2. 2. James Rowe [ July 03, 2014 @ 10:32AM ]

    Ed no need to disparage Kia and the Union of Concerned Scientist. It would be helpful to all if you would offer credible evidence countering these findings.


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