Saturday will kick off the 2008 Green Transport Week in the UK. To gin up a little bit of discussion at the start of the week, the organizing group (the Environmental Transport Association) has released a list of the best and worst green cars after looking at 1,300 models that are sold in the UK "and examined their power, emissions, fuel efficiency and even the amount of noise they produce to create the definitive guide to buying the greenest vehicle." Your winner is the Toyota Yaris, which is the ETA's Green Car of the Year 2008. The Dodge SRT-10 sports car also made the list, but as the very least green car. A full list of other winners is after the jump and there's more information on all 1,300 vehicles at this site.

In a lot of ways, lists like this don't tell us too much (although actual data was used in this case, so we'll give 'em credit). ETA director Andrew Davis does make a very good point, though, when he says that, "The big problem is not the Dodge SRT-10s and Lamborghinis because there are not many of them on the road. The concern is that people are buying cars that are much too big for their real needs." Well said.



Press Release:

Green Car of the Year 2008 Announced - 1300 Cars Named and Shamed

LONDON, June 13/PRNewswire/ --

The Toyota Yaris has been named Green Car of the Year 2008 by the Environmental Transport Association. The least green car is the Dodge SRT-10 sports car. The announcements come ahead of the start of Green Transport Week (14th - 22nd June)

The Environmental Transport Association has looked at over 1300 models of car currently on sale in Britain and examined their power, emissions, fuel efficiency and even the amount of noise they produce to create the definitive guide to buying the greenest vehicle.

The Car Buyers' Guide was first published by the ETA in 1992 in response to requests from its growing membership and has since become the environmental benchmark for the car industry and the public, championing the greenest cars in Britain.

The results are as follows:

Overall Winner: Toyota Yaris
Overall worst: Dodge SRT-10

Category Winners
Supermini: Toyota Yaris
Small Family: Honda Civic Hybrid
Small MPV: Renault Modus
City: Citroen C1
Large Family: BMW 3 Series 320d Saloon
Sports: Vauxhall Tigra, MY2008 2-door Convertible
MPV: Peugeot 207 SW Outdoor
Executive: BMW 5 Series 520d Saloon
Off road: Toyota RAV4
Luxury: JAGUAR XJ 2.7L Diesel Saloon


A full list of best and worst cars will be available on Friday 13th June at http://www.greencarawards.co.uk

Andrew Davis, director at the Environmental Transport Association, said: "With the increasing costs of motoring and the threat to the environment there has never been a more important time to choose greener cars."

As well as recognising the best performers, the guide 'names and shames' the worst offenders in terms of damage to the environment with the 8-litre-engined Dodge SRT-10 being named overall worst car.

"The discrepancy between the best and worst - the greenest and the least green cars in Britain today - is striking, but the market is changing and a combination of consumer pressure alongside government leadership will result in an increasing choice of environmentally-sound cars."

"The big problem is not the Dodge SRT-10s and Lamborghinis because there are not many of them on the road," explains Andrew Davis, director of the ETA. "The concern is that people are buying cars that are much too big for their real needs."

The car buyers' guide can be viewed at http://www.eta.co.uk/car_buyers_guide

[Source: ETA Services Limited]


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