Print 89 comment(s) - last by hspder.. on Apr 12 at 11:24 PM

Honda's Civic Hybrid is rated as an Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (AT-PZEV)

Rankings of the the top 8 auto manufacturers
Honda and Toyota lead the list with domestic manufacturers pulling up the rear

Honda has always been a leader in the realm of fuel efficiency and environmentally friendliness. The Japanese auto manufacturer has consistently rolled out Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicles (ULEVs) and Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle (SULEVs) that dump less polluting emissions into our atmosphere. Honda brought the first hybrid-electric vehicle to the U.S. market in the form of the Insight. The tiny, tadpole-esque two-seater weighed less than 1,900 pounds and managed to achieve EPA mileage ratings of 60MPG/66MPG city/highway with a manual transmission.

Honda was also one of the first auto manufacturers to reintroduce the use of continuously variable transmissions (CVTs) to the North American market in the mid 1990s with the Civic HX -- Subaru had first tried out CVTs in the 1980s with the Justy. CVTs allow the engine to run at the most efficient RPMs and allow for increased fuel efficiency. Likewise, Honda has resisted the urge to drop a potent V8 engine in its largest SUVs and luxury sedans and has instead relied on pushing its efficient 3.5 liter V6 engine family to customers who purchase its largest vehicles.

This level of restraint and eco-friendliness on the part of Honda has led it to be labeled as the "2007 Greenest Automaker" by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). This is the fourth consecutive year that the automaker has won the award.

The top 8 auto manufacturers -- which represent 96% of the U.S. car and light truck market -- were tested across ten MY2005 vehicle classes on tailpipe emissions and overall contribution to global warming. You can download the full results of the UCS test here (PDF).

"Honda remains the greenest U.S. automaker. The company installs clean technology across its entire fleet of cars and trucks and that consistency makes it a top environmental performer" said Don MacKenzie, a vehicle engineer for the UCS and author of the report. "In addition, Honda continues to have the best smog score in four out of the five classes."

Honda slightly beat out second place Toyota which has also made strides to cut emissions and improve fuel economy across its entire vehicle lineup. "Toyota's ranking shows that size is no excuse for a dirty fleet," MacKenzie continued. "All of the automakers have the technology today to make all of their vehicles, from two-seaters to four-by-fours, a lot cleaner."

Hyundai/Kia placed third with Nissan and Volkswagen taking fourth and fifth respectively. Ford, General Motors and DaimlerChrysler rounded out the tail end of the list. General Motors was singled out for having the most vehicles in the lineup with EPA city mileage ratings of 15MPG or lower. Last place DaimlerChrysler was also criticized for its fleet of vehicles which produce 70% more pollutants than first place Honda and earned the "Rusty Tailpipe Award."

"There is a huge gap between the cleanest and dirtiest automakers," MacKenzie. "The winners are using clean technology across their entire fleets. The losers are installing it piecemeal, or not at all."

"Americans are paying closer attention to their personal environmental impact, and they want greener cars," said Ted Grozier of environmental strategy consulting firm GreenOrder. "The successful automaker is going to figure out a way to deliver those cars to consumers."

Just last week, President Bush issued a call to auto manufacturers to boost fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in new vehicles. Bush's plan calls for a 20% reduction in gasoline usage by 2017 and a halt in the rise of greenhouse emissions. The move is expected to cost the auto industry $114 billion USD.

Comments     Threshold

This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

RE: Of course American automanufacturers are last
By masher2 on 4/9/2007 1:45:17 PM , Rating: 4
> "You just proved my point even further...The Si still gets better gas millage and is faster than the Focus. "

Err, no I didn't. Your original implication was that Honda had improved their technology (and thus MPG) in the past 7 years, whereas Ford and GM had sat on their ass. But for this particular model Honda, average mpg actually declined over that period.

As for the Si "getting better mileage", I see a mileage of 27/37 for the Focus, or substantially better than the Civic Si.

By i4mt3hwin on 4/9/2007 2:15:37 PM , Rating: 2
Masher's point was that by cherry picking certain cars you can show improvements and declines in certain cars. Unfortunately this isn't only limited to cars but all statistics and some people know how to abuse it better then others.

By Sureshot324 on 4/9/2007 8:12:19 PM , Rating: 2
You're looking at the old EPA ratings. It's true that the Civic Si gets slight worse mileage than a focus, but the Civic Si is a sports car and has 200hp and should be compared to the Focus SVT (now discontinued.. The focus is an economy car and only has about 130hp and should be compared to a regular Civic.

The reason the new Civic Si gets slightly worse mileage than the old one is because it gets a lot more power (the 2000 Si only got like 150hp I think). Sports cars are a very small part of the market, so the mileage from them won't affect the environment as much.

By theapparition on 4/10/2007 5:47:27 PM , Rating: 2
the Civic Si is a sports car

Please.........don't ever utter those words in the same sentence again. The civic is nowhere near the same class.

By feelingshorter on 4/9/2007 10:54:18 PM , Rating: 2
Thats a performance car. Thats why it gets worse gas millage. Its so d@mn obvious. I was comparing people movers and your comparing a sports car, which only focuses on speed, and not fuel economy. The Ford Focus is a people mover, and should of improved its fuel economy. You have yet to prove that the Focus is in the same class as the Civic Si, and the Civic costs more (and so do many Ferraris and BMWs that dont improve their fuel economy).

You know what, I don't care. Ford is getting owned in sales. Even if they did not have problems with the health plan packages they give to their employees, less people are buying Fords vs foreign cars. So your argument of how Ford hasn't sat on their asses, WHICH THEY DID, then why is the Corolla/Civic selling better?

Detroit has one of the highest (if not the highest, according to a WSJ article) rates of truck drivers/other big cars. All day long, the people who run those companies only see their own cars being driven. Why? Cuz its the home of the automakers, and people who work for them buy their cars. The suits think to themselves "why are we doing so bad? Everyone drives trucks/SUVs/big cars" as they look outside their window. Maby of the Detroit suits would pull their head out of their asses and actually innovate.

By masher2 on 4/10/2007 8:47:29 AM , Rating: 3
> "The suits think to themselves "why are we doing so bad? Everyone drives trucks/SUVs/big cars" as they look outside their window..."

I live a very long way from Detroit, and you'd have to look hard to find a family near me that doesn't have an SUV or two in the garage.

And in all your discussions about GM and Ford, you have forgotten that, by sheer sales volume, GM is the largest automaker in the world. Ford is third. They're not "doing badly" because they're not selling cars...they're doing so because they're not able to make them as cheaply as other automakers.

"Vista runs on Atom ... It's just no one uses it". -- Intel CEO Paul Otellini

Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki