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February 04, 2009

Clean Diesels Still Fall Short of Top-12 List of Green Vehicles

Clean diesel vehicles have arrived in the United States, but they still aren't able to claim a spot on the annual top-12 list of green vehicles. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released its lists of the "greenest" and "meanest" vehicles on February 3, and the diesel-fueled Volkswagen Jetta and Jetta Sportwagen fell just short of the list. However, the ACEEE called the vehicles "notable newcomers" and noted the vehicles' intrinsic advantages for fuel economy. In the absence of any new competition, the natural gas-fueled Honda Civic GX held onto its top spot for the sixth consecutive year, followed by an assortment of hybrid vehicles and small cars. Among domestic automakers, General Motors Corporation (GM) was the winner, with its Chevy Cobalt XFE (and its cousin, the Pontiac G5 XFE) landing in the eighth position and the Chevy Aveo and Aveo 5 earning tenth place. The Chevys bumped the Ford Focus from the list, denying Ford Motor Company a spot in the top 12. But GM also has the unwelcome distinction of producing the "meanest" vehicle, as even a flex-fuel designation couldn't save the Hummer H2 from earning the lowest "green score" from the ACEEE. See the ACEEE press release and the lists of "greenest" and "meanest" cars of the year on the ACEEE's Web site.