Over the last few years, it's generally been accepted that Honda and Toyota have been the automakers with the most environmentally friendly lineups. A number of institutions have proclaimed the two Japanese companies the greenest, such as the Union of Concerned Scientists, which puts its considerable weight behind Honda. According to a recent report by Business Car in the UK, on the other hand, the distinction of World's Greenest Automaker belongs to Toyota.

So, which is it, Honda or Toyota? As far as we're concerned, it's probably a pretty close race. The real answer depends on a variety of factors, including fuel efficiency, the overall emissions of the automaker's entire fleet and its commitment to environmentally friendly technology and manufacturing practices. Both Honda and Toyota perform rather well in all of these categories. For a rundown of why Business Car gives the nod to Toyota, click past the break.

[Source: Business Car]

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Toyota Remains Greenest Vehicle Manufacturer

SURREY, UNITED KINGDOM – April 10, 2009: Toyota has retained its position as greenest vehicle manufacturer according to a study conducted by Business Car magazine. For the second year running, the top 20 fleet manufacturers were rated and ranked based on survey results and other research by Clean Green Cars (www.cleangreencars.co.uk) on the various attributes and achievements of each brand. Scores were weighted to allow for sales volume to give a true comparison of large and small brands. Toyota was top-rated with a score of 86 per cent.

A recent Auto Trader survey also put Toyota top of the environmental table in a survey of almost 2,000 UK motorists.

Toyota has achieved its leading green status thanks to industry leading hybrid applications – most famously the Prius – and also environmentally considerate manufacturing and recycling.

The company is also on target to achieve its goal of whole-fleet CO2 emissions of 140g/km this year. The introduction of Toyota Optimal Drive, a range of powertrain design and engineering features that increase output, while significantly improving emissions performance and fuel efficiency, gives almost every Toyota model a green edge over its rivals.


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