BMW is the world's "greenest" automaker, followed by Toyota and Nissan, Newsweek says.
Let's start with the good news. On average, any new car you buy in the US today will be 43 percent cleaner than any average new car in 1998. Here's some more good news, for Korea anyway, Hyundai-Kia has been named the cleanest automaker in the latest study by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), which looked at 2013 model year vehicles sold between October 2012 and September 2013 from the top eight automakers (by volume). The bad news? The big three Detroit automakers are, on average, still
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
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.