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In 2009, Business Car said Toyota was still the world's greenest automaker. That same year, Dow Jones named BMW the greenest automaker, again. Apparently, an organization's methodology has a lot to do with automakers winning titles like this over and over, since the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has just bestowed the Greenest Automaker Award on Honda for the fifth time in a row (the last time the award was given was in 2007). At least this time, the race was close: Toyota and Hyundai tied for second, and their rankings were just a single point behind Honda. The most polluting automaker? Chrysler, but both Ford and General Motors were contenders for the title.

The UCS ranks automakers based on the scores of their "smog-forming and greenhouse gas emissions (primarily CO2) in its U.S. automobile fleet." The 2010 award was based on model year 2008 data, the most recent that was available for analysis. You can read a summary of the report here (PDF) or just get the whole thing (PDF).

[Source: Union of Concerned Scientists, Honda]

PRESS RELEASES

In a Photo Finish, Honda Retains 'Greenest Automaker' Title in Latest UCS Automaker Rankings


WASHINGTON (October 7, 2010) – Honda wins the coveted Greenest Automaker title from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) for the fifth consecutive time, narrowly beating Toyota and Hyundai, which tie for second, finishing just one point behind Honda.

"It was a photo finish, but Honda is still the champ," said Jim Kliesch, a senior engineer in UCS's Clean Vehicles Program and the author of the rankings report. "Toyota was poised to take the lead, but stalled in its efforts to reduce carbon emissions. Meanwhile, Hyundai's fleet saw dramatic efficiency improvements, pushing the company into a title contender spot."

UCS's "Automaker Rankings" analysis captures automakers' real-world environmental performance by ranking them based on average per-mile smog pollution and global warming emissions of the entire fleet of vehicles sold. The science organization scores each of the top eight automakers (comprising 92 percent of model year 2008 U.S. sales) against the "industry average" of all eight combined. The methodology weighs smog and global warming scores equally to determine each automaker's overall score. With the industry average assigned a score of 100, automakers' scores reflect how far above or below average an automaker pollutes. Lower scores are better; higher scores are worse.

"Honda is now five for five, though to retain its title in our next analysis, it will need stronger sales of efficient hybrids and better environmental performance from its conventional vehicles," said Kliesch. "Toyota also will need to make fleetwide improvements to stay in contention. Without its successful Prius hybrid, the company would have placed fourth this year instead of second." As to these companies' newest competition, said Kliesch, "Hyundai, the new kid on the eco-friendly block, could be a real spoiler in the coming years."

Honda finished with an overall score of 86, reflecting a fleet 14 percent cleaner than that of the top eight manufacturers combined. Toyota and Hyundai each finished with 87. Volkswagen came in fourth place (90), followed by Nissan (93), Ford (108), General Motors (109) and Chrysler (113). The analysis is based on model year 2008 data, the latest available.

The three Detroit automakers have consistently placed at the bottom of UCS's Automaker Rankings analyses. Of the three companies, Ford has generally been the best, though this year only one point separates it from General Motors. "Ford is using the right playbook now by relying on both class-leading hybrids and better conventional technology. The company's future score will depend on how many of these vehicles get into consumers' hands," Kliesch said.

General Motors' next to last place ranking was due to its continued focus on inefficient vehicles with lackluster smog performance. Surprisingly, average smog emissions of GM's hybrids were worse than the combined average of all eight manufacturers' model year 2008 vehicles-hybrid and nonhybrid. "To date, GM has largely squandered its hybrid technology by using it to boost power instead of fuel efficiency and pollution control," Kliesch explained. "Some models, such as the Chevrolet Volt and Cruze Eco offer promise of new thinking within GM, but the company needs to make improvements across its entire fleet to really move the needle."

Chrysler, the dirtiest automaker, has finished last in four of the five UCS rankings conducted over the past ten years. "Chrysler does what's required by law and not much more," Kliesch said. "When it comes to environmental performance, Chrysler managers need to get their heads in the game."

All of the automakers have improved their performance since UCS first ranked them, starting with model year 1998, and the gap between the worst and best automaker has narrowed. State and federal emissions laws, along with a growing market for clean cars, are prodding automakers to produce cleaner vehicles, according to Kliesch.

"One of the analysis' clear findings is that clean car policies work," Kliesch said. "There's great ingenuity in the auto industry, and better products are already beginning to reach the market. In the coming years, stronger standards will guarantee that consumers reap these benefits."

Just last week the Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency outlined intentions for the next round of clean car standards covering model years 2017 to 2025. UCS and other groups are pushing the agency to adopt an average fleetwide standard of 60 miles per gallon and 143 grams per mile of global warming pollution by 2025
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Honda Marks a Decade of Environmental Leadership with Fifth Consecutive Greenest Automaker Award from Union of Concerned Scientists

TORRANCE, Calif., October 7, 2010 - Honda has been named America's "Greenest Automaker" for the fifth consecutive time by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). The award is earned by the company with the lowest combined score of its smog-forming and greenhouse gas emissions (primarily CO2) in its U.S. automobile fleet.

Honda has led the UCS rankings of overall vehicle environmental performance since the first UCS study in 2000, marking a decade of Honda leadership in reduced vehicle emissions. Honda earned the recognition this year with an industry-best score based on model year 2008 data, the latest available for analysis.

"As with the past four awards, we accept this fifth honor as both recognition of our success and a challenge for the future," said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "We continue to accelerate our efforts to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions that contribute to global climate change."

"Honda's decade-long claim to the Greenest Automaker title has set a high bar for the industry," said Jim Kliesch, a senior engineer with the Union of Concerned Scientists. "The companies that do best in our analysis continually strive not only to sell the greenest vehicles, but also to green their best-sellers."

Honda's efforts to improve fuel efficiency have resulted in a 1 mpg gain in the company's U.S. corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) for model year 2009, up 3.3% over the previous model year to 31.3 mpg, and 9.8% above the MY2009 industry average of 28.8 mpg, as determined by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Since MY2005, Honda's CAFE has increased 7.2%, outpacing the company's voluntary goal, established in May 2006, to achieve a 5% gain in CAFE over 2005 levels by 2010.

More recently, Honda has taken a number of important steps in advancing the fuel economy and emissions performance of its U.S. automobile fleet. This includes the introduction of the Insight as the world's most affordable hybrid car and the CR-Z as the world's first production sport hybrid coupe. Further, the all-new 2011 Odyssey minivan and redesigned 2011 Accord made significant gains in fuel economy through the use of more efficient low-friction engines and improved vehicle aerodynamics.

Honda also continues its leadership in the area of alternative-fuel vehicles. Retail sales of its natural gas-powered Civic GX Sedan were recently expanded to dealers in Oklahoma and Utah, in addition to California and New York. Honda's FCX Clarity fuel cell electric vehicle, currently leased to a limited number of customers in Southern California, is arguably the world's most advanced zero-emissions automobile with zero tailpipe emissions and fuel efficiency three times that of a comparable, gasoline-powered automobile.

Additionally, in July 2010, the company announced plans to introduce a battery-electric commuter-sized vehicle and plug-in hybrid technology for mid-size and larger vehicles in the U.S., both beginning in 2012. These market initiatives will be preceded by U.S. demonstration programs beginning in 2010 and continuing in 2011 with Stanford University, Google Inc., and the City of Torrance, California.

Honda is also developing its own infrastructure solutions to the alternative-fuel vehicle equation. To address the opportunity for zero-emissions commuting in a fuel cell electric vehicle, in January of this year Honda began operating a next-generation solar-powered hydrogen production and refueling station on its Los Angeles R&D campus. The station uses power derived from Honda-developed and -manufactured thin-film solar cells to provide fuel for daily commuting in a carbon-free energy cycle.

About the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)
The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is the leading science-based non-profit organization working for a healthier environment and a safer world. UCS conducts an analysis of major U.S. automakers every two years. This year's report analyzes fuel economy and emissions certification standards of each company's car and light truck fleet to determine its overall contribution of smog-forming and heat trapping emissions. Honda also topped the rankings in the 2007, 2004, 2002 and 2000 UCS reports.

About American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Honda began operations in the U.S. in 1959 with the establishment of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Honda's first overseas subsidiary. Honda began U.S. production of motorcycles in 1979 and automobiles in 1982. With nine U.S. plants, Honda has invested more than $12.7 billion in its U.S. operations. The company employs nearly 25,000 associates and annually purchases $12 billion in parts and materials from more than 530 U.S. suppliers. Honda vehicles are manufactured using domestic and globally-sourced parts
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      • 4 Years Ago
      Honda won the light truck category. That doesn't really take into account the difference in capability between a Ridgeline and an F-350 Powerstroke Diesel. Honda shouldn't be rewarded for essentially not producing a vehicle for a given segment. The car companies shouldn't be held accountable for the fact that there's a demand for large vehicles, the people should be. That said, a lot of customers simply need a large pickup with 12,000lbs+ of towing capacity, and they simply won't be able to make do with a Ridgeline. Breaking these things down into sometimes vague vehicle classes just causes all sorts of problems, you can see the same thing with the Accord slipping in to the full size sedan category.
      If you want to encourage smarter vehicle choices, stop trying to force it from the manufacturer end, things like CAFE are a little backwards. An increased gas tax would make a lot more sense, but nobody has the guts to propose it! Make fuel more expensive, and each person making individual vehicle choices will compare vehicles that satisfy their need, and will then be more likely to take the more fuel efficient option.

      An interesting question: how many Ridgeline owners drove a pickup for their previous vehicle?
        • 3 Months Ago
        "Honda shouldn't be rewarded for essentially not producing a vehicle for a given segment."

        But that's exactly *why* Honda *did* win - because they DON"T make those kinds of high polluting vehicles.

        It's not that Honda failed to compete with the F-150...

        It's that Ford failed to compete with the Civic, the Insight, the Fit, the Accord, the Odyssey!

        • 3 Months Ago
        lol jeff,
        so in your mind, mpg is the only measure of "green". Ignoring all the various division of the EPA pollution ratings eh.
        • 3 Months Ago
        What Jeff said.

        Honda used to be at the top of the charts for fuel economy, now they're somewhere in the middle-upper range. They have sat on their laurels for the last decade when it comes to advancements in engine technology. I used to like Honda a lot but they lost their passion and are being leapfrogged by everyone.

        Jeff is right; fuel economy does correspond to grams of CO2 per mile. And Ford/Hyundai are at the top of the charts for many of their smaller models right now. Where they lose points is the various v8 models they offer, but if you look at the smaller cars only, they are the benchmark that everyone has to stack up to now.
        • 3 Months Ago
        Really?? The Fusion gets better mpg than the Accord, the Fiesta gets better mpg than the Fit, the Fusion Hybrid gets 39mpg versus the Insight's 41, the Flex gets the same mileage as the Odyssey.... I'd hardly call that "failing to compete". My point is that you don't blame Ford for making F-350's, you blame people for buying F-350's. If those people come back with reasonable arguments for why they bought an F-350 (i'm guessing many of them will, more so than say an Escalade or something) then you just sit there and recognize that there is a requirement for large pickups in our society and we better just make them as efficient and clean as possible.
        What I'm saying is that there is a demand for large pickups that manufacturers can't do anything about. Is it better to applaud Hyundai/Kia for not making any large pickups and averaging say 30mpg across all their cars? Or to applaud some manufacturer that specializes in large pickups and has somehow figured out how to build a full size truck that can tow 10,000lbs while still nabbing 25mpg?
        Trust me, Honda isn't abstaining from the full size pickup market because of some deep respect for the environment. I wish that were true, but do you think for an instant that they wouldn't dive right in there if they thought they could make a business out of it? Toyota and Nissan both tried it, although its not working out so well, probably largely due to the lack of experience with large engines and vehicles compared to American companies. If Tundra sales were anywhere near F150 numbers, i guarantee you Honda would be taking a long hard look at how they could get in on the action too.
        • 3 Months Ago
        Ah, middleway spreading more of his lies about Honda.

        ...Honda used to be at the top of the charts for fuel economy, now they're somewhere in the middle-upper range. ....

        Sorry blind hater, Honda CAFE average currently at 36.5. Then Toyotan, then....
        • 3 Months Ago
        not at all, i was just trying to explain my point of view, i didn't want to make my explanation too complicated. Keep in mind though that CO2 emissions are directly proportional to fuel consumption, so mpg and g/100km of CO2 are basically measuring the same thing as there's a fixed amount of CO2 released for every amount of fuel burnt. Of course the ratio is slightly different for diesel and gas.
        The report attacks Ford's trucks for being higher in smog forming pollutants, that's obviously because they sell a lot of diesel trucks, whereas Honda has a simple gas V6 driving a very small truck. My point is that comparing that little Honda truck to the full size trucks from any of the Big 3 is kinda pointless, whereas the improvements those companies have made to their big diesel trucks' emissions are actually quite impressive.
        • 3 Months Ago
        I think you missed the point. The whole point of this little discussion is about whether things like CAFE are really that indicative of a company's performance, or whether they're skewed by the tastes of the consumers. The fact that Hyundai doesn't make any large trucks doesn't change the fact that there is in fact a very strong market demand for large trucks. If Hyundai doesn't build them, somebody else will have to, does Hyundai deserve green credit for that? If so, then this award should go to Piagio, because they only make scooters, they should be rewarded for not building cars, cars are gas hogs.
      • 4 Years Ago
      @nrb

      There's plenty of great resources for those sort of judgments, including window stickers and fuel economy ratings. Consumer Reports has always been the leader when it comes to all-around vehicle ratings. Consumers take so much into account when buying a vehicle. Besides a home, it's probably the most important purchasing decision we make financially and environmentally.

      We're trying to hold the automakers accountable with this report, not lead consumers away from environmentally-conscious car-buying decisions.

      -Aaron
      • 4 Years Ago
      These types of 'ratings' of companies MUST be divided by vehicle class. This information is useless to car buyers without this type of breakdown.

      By rating only at the 'manufacturer' or 'brand' level, anyone building larger vehicles (trucks) will never make a good rating, while the top spot should be held by whatever company builds only elec vehicles.

      If I want to buy the 'greenest' mid-side sedan for my family, which vehicle is it? This report says Honda...is that really true?

      What if I need to buy the greenest full-sized pickup?? Will I find it at a Honda dealership?
        • 3 Months Ago
        Hey, Miles,

        We break down the results by class in the full report -- it's available at ucsusa.org/automakers2010.

        Thanks,
        Aaron
        • 3 Months Ago
        Miles has a great point.

        If you wanted the best fuel economy in a full-size car, you'd be looking at a Hyundai Sonata, not a Honda Accord. If you wanted the best fuel economy in a subcompact, you'd be looking at a Ford Fiesta or upcoming Hyundai Accent, not a Honda Fit. If you wanted the most efficient mid-size car, you'd get a prius.. most efficient small suv? probably a Chevrolet equinox!

        It is not a particularly useful metric when you consider that Honda just flat out doesn't offer the kind of models that everyone else does. And that their cars get good MPG by being under powered, not by having the best technology. ( for example, i've driven a yaris and fit side by side.. the dual VVT Yaris won by a long shot because it had abundant torque and essentially the same MPG. ).
      • 4 Years Ago
      1) Why didn't you count trucks?

      2) Sean Hannity is Failing Science: Good luck with that. Partial Arab ownership of Fox News, you think Hannity is going to admit Global Warming is real? US Chamber of Commerce takes Foreign ( Arab Money ) to fund "Republicans", do you think "Republicans" are going to admit Global Warming is real?

      Hannity knows who signs his paychecks. [ Saudi Arabia ]
        • 4 Years Ago
        Earth to Mike, clearly reading your post, you are blinded by your hatred to see things clearly.

        First, neither Sean or Rush are politicians. They are shock jock radio host, they are not creating legislation on Capitol Hill. All the new laws and spending have been controlled by Nance Pelosi since 2007.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And I've yet to here ONE So Called Republican DEMAND to know what are where the US Chamber of Commerce gets it's money, and to PROVE that they are not CORRUPTED TO THE CORE by Foreign Money.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I wonder if Sean would bow in servitude to the Saudi King!

        We know Obama will (DOES).
        • 3 Months Ago
        SportBike, here's another FYI, why the Right Goes after Pelosi:

        http://www.goldmansachs666.com/2010/10/bank-fraud-edition-fraud-fraud-and-more.html

        She has the GALL to want to protect the American People from FRAUD.
        If you were a rich business sociopath, would you want this woman standing in your way of committing Massive Mortgage Fraud?
        • 4 Years Ago
        In addition, under the 1907 Tillman Act, money coming from foreign donors can't be used for political activity, so I eagerly await the evidence needed to make your accusations legitimate. Thanks in advance.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "US" Chamber of commerce meets with MORE Foreign Entities:
        http://thinkprogress.org/2010/10/07/bahrain-chamber/

        Ever Wonder Why "Republican" Policy is a FAILURE for America?
        - Global Warming "Hoax" - Arab Money
        - Banking "Deregulation" - Bahrain Banking?
        - Oil Independence - Arab Money
        - US NO Innovation in Wind, Solar and GeoThermal since Reagan? Arab Money.
        - Out Sourcing: China and Indian money.

        If we Let the "US" Chamber of Commerce THROW US Elections with Foreign Money and For Foreign Governments, then we have LOST OUR DEMOCRACY.

        Congress voted for a TAX CREDIT for Business that bring back jobs to AMERICA, and the "Republican" party voted NO.

        The "Republican" party has been CORRUPTED to it's CORE. It no longer has the core principle of the US citizen's welfare as it's goal. And loud mouths like Sean and Rush should be thrown out of the party, as Ho's for Foreign Powers.


        • 4 Years Ago
        Ever have an original thought of your own? If you did you would also have a problem with Obama's untraceable foreign donations during the election. You know, untraceable because they disabled the credit card verification on the website. And you would also have a problem with George Soros meddling in our elections. You know Soros, right? I'm sure you read the website he funded called Media Matters.

        But maybe none of that matters and you're just a hypocrite or a parrot.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I wonder if Sean would bow in servitute to the Saudi King!

        We know Obama will (DOES).
        • 4 Years Ago
        SportBike, Sean and Rush are shills of the "Republican" party. They are "true believers" who lie and distort 90% of the time. If you attempt to "second source" anything they say, you will find they have lied to you 90% of the time.

        You can't have a policy debate when one side will lie and smear you on every argument.

        So, if you dig deeper and try to find out Why they lie, then you will find the Corporate and Foreign money. Why has "Republican" policy been a disaster for this country for 30 years? Because it was never meant to benefit the working class or the middle class. It's all about transferring money from the bottom 99% to the top 1%, the richest of the rich from This country or ANY country.
        • 4 Years Ago
        SportBike,
        A couple days ago I heard Rush give his gospel of "I hate poor people" about the school lunch program. Well who makes poor people?

        Where are the jobs? China and India, who legislated those jobs disappear from US shores? [ Republican Policy ]

        So, it's the "Republican" position to Make More Poor, and then complain about feeding hungry children, the hungry children they make by sending jobs overseas?

        Is this a logical argument to you? Or the deranged rants of a fool.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Depending on how you break down the numbers, different companies will win.

      Enough with the surveys. All they are is marketing fodder.
      • 4 Years Ago
      LOL and Middleway spewing his Honda hate again.

      I love his rants claiming the S2000 engine came from the Accord.

      That bit of ignorance was priceless....

      BTW, go read this where the old Fit totally owned the new Fiesta in performance, mileage, driveablilty, functionality...

      http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/comparisons/10q3/2011_ford_fiesta_vs._2010_honda_fit_2011_mazda_2-comparison_tests
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's just another slant on how to look at manufacturer's offerings. Kudos to Honda I say. They build very good honest cars that stand the test of time. I guess that's why they have been so very popular through the years.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Fail. Tesla should have won.
      If you look at how many hybrids are sold by each company, Toyota should have won; Toyota sells something like 5-10 times more hybrids per year than Honda.

      Can i get a 'meh'?
        • 4 Years Ago
        LOL at middleway and his blind hatred for Honda.

        So using your argument Middleway, Ferrari is by far greener than Honda.
        • 4 Years Ago
        meh.

        "Toyota sells something like 5-10 times more hybrids per year than Honda."

        That would simply mean that Toyota is responsible for 5-10x more pollution than Honda.

        Honda's greener.


        • 4 Years Ago
        Ahh.. wouldn't Saturn be the greenest automaker then? they sold 1 car this month. :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey, Middle Way,

      We only counted major automakers since they account for the overwhelming majority of vehicle emissions. The top eight comprise 92 percent of the cars bought that year.

      Toyota's Prius sales significantly bumped its score. It's other hybrids helped, too. In fact, it was the only automaker that sold enough hybrids to have their sales significantly affect their overall ranking. Without it's hybrids, Toyota would have placed fifth. On the one hand, bully for their hybrids. But, on the other hand, it means they missed some opportunities with their conventional car fleet. If Toyota had made some different engineering and marketing choices, they could have taken the title.

      Thanks,
      Aaron Huertas
      Union of Concerned Scientists
        • 4 Years Ago
        @nrb

        Our advice to consumers is to buy the most fuel-efficient vehicles that meets their needs. That advice is in all our consumer-oriented products, including our Consumers Guide to Effective Environmental Choices book. We could have emphasized it more here to avoid confusion -- this has been the number one piece of feedback I've gotten from commenters. But to use an extreme example, I don't think there are a lot of people who would assume that a Honda SUV is greener than a Prius because of our rankings. Instead, we think that the rankings could be used in a tie-breaker situation when two cars are appealing to a buyer for various reasons, but one company has a better overall environmental record.

        Similarly, our Hybrid Scorecard -- hybridcenter.org -- rates hybrid models on how they use technology and how the cost of the hybrid system is built into the vehicle. Again, this gives consumers another way of thinking about their decision, but isn't meant to supplant MPG.

        In both cases, these analyses also keep automakers as a whole accountable for their product decisions and that is their primary purpose.

        @David Martin

        Yawn at commenters making fun of UCS's name. We have a separate activist network for scientists, engineers and other experts. We see no reason why citizens who appreciate science shouldn't have an opportunity to support our work or help push for science-based policy, too. A quick scan of our staff list on our site will show you that we employ many scientists and engineers. We also have a number of letters we've organized over the years from thousands of American scienitsts on a range of topics. So I think our name perfectly captures what we do.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Aaron, I'm not concerned with the extreme example. I give the general public more credit than that. I am concerned with the typical example. That's exactly why I mentioned the Family Sedan segment.

        The general public is going to take superficial look at your survey, aided by poorly researched media articles such as this one. Because of this, buyers of a mid-sized sedan will flock to the Accord (EPA rated at 6.9 tons of CO2 emitted per year) and won't bother to look at Ford, when they offer the Fusion Hybrid (EPA rated at 4.8 tons of CO2 emitted per year). Why? Because Honda won your contest and Ford was a "contender" for "most polluting automaker". Is that really the message you wanted to send?

        If you had ranked vehicles, rather than automakers, you'd have more credibility. As it is now, the rankings do nothing more than serve as marketing fodder for those at the top of the list.

        If I were to believe your intention is really to encourage people to buy fuel efficient vehicles, the way this survey was published, distributed, and promoted is not in line with that goal.

        OK, now for the initial Assumptions. Who wants to start an argument about how important North America's CO2 contribution to the theory of global warming really is? Maybe another time? :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        'You don't have to be a scientist or engineer to support our work or join our network of citizen activists. '

        Why am I not surprised? Perhaps Union of outrageously prejudiced non-scientists masquerading as something they are not would be a fairer title.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Aaron Huertas,
        Just ignore MiddleWay. He is a well know Honda hating troll.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why is the word 'agenda' so often used to suggest something nefarious? It seems to me that UCS is being quite plain about its goals as an organization, and about the methodology of this particular ranking.

        If you have a point of view to share, then by all means share it. But public debate isn't improved by more and more innuendo.
        • 4 Years Ago
        House of Mirth, Anytime an organization attempts to 'lead' the public, a concern about agenda is quite appropriate.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I see. Did you include their trucks into the equation, or just passenger cars/SUV?

        If so, that makes a hell of a lot of sense. Honda would win because they don't sell a bunch of V8 trucks.
        • 4 Years Ago
        By the way, I am surprised to see your response here. I'd just like to say that i respect your organization a hell of a lot.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Aaron, please reply to nrb's post.
        • 4 Years Ago
        According to your own report, your ranking is based on the entire fleet from each manufacturer. In other words, a company's failure to compete in a low-efficiency market launches them to the top if your rankings. This is exactly why Honda is at the top. They tried to compete in the Truck and SUV market, but failed.

        If I'm looking for a 'green' family sedan, your survey will steer me toward company A. Company B may make much 'greener' family sedans, but because company B also makes farm trucks, they are at the bottom of your survey.

        To release such results to the general public is highly misleading. Not what I would expect from self proclaimed "Concerned Scientists". It makes me question your true agenda.
        • 4 Years Ago
        We only counted passenger vehicles. The full report breaks down performance by vehicle class and we use the EPA class definitions for that part of the analysis.

        Thanks for your kind words about UCS. Hope you're a member, too. You don't have to be a scientist or engineer to support our work or join our network of citizen activists. See here: http://www.ucsusa.org/action/

        Personally, I think when reporters take the time to write a story about our analysis and when readers take the time to ask pertinent questions, we should make time to respond.

        Thanks,
        Aaron
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