SANTA MONICA, CA - (Marketwire - February 19, 2009) - Greenopia announced today that it has released the green industry’s most comprehensive automobile ratings. Available on its popular website, www.greenopia.com, the car ratings use Greenopia’s EPA-recognized 4-Leaf rating system to provide definitive indications of over 100 models’ impact on the environment resulting from their manufacture and operation.
The most eco-friendly model year 2009 cars available on the market today are the Honda Civic Hybrid Sedan, VW Jetta TDI Clean Diesel, Toyota Prius, and VW Sportwagen TDI Clean Diesel. Each model earned a Greenopia 4-Leaf rating.
This was an independent study conducted by Greenopia’s Research Labs using an extended list of test criteria that included fuel-efficiency, manufacturing materials, EPA SmartWay vehicle emissions and proxy data representing manufacturing processes. The criteria data was gathered, calculated and analyzed using Greenopia’s proprietary lifecycle eco-cost methodology. “Automobile operation logically has the most significant impact on the lifecycle eco-costs of a car,” said Douglas Mazeffa, Greenopia’s Director of Research. “However, we wanted to extend measurement to actual production processes so that green consumers will have a more complete picture of the impact of their purchase decisions.”
Chevrolet, Honda and Toyota rated high for their eco-friendly manufacturing processes. Ratings were conducted within vehicle classifications so that green consumers could choose the lowest eco-cost car within a class.
Where are the American made cars? Achieving 29-35 miles per gallon simply isn’t good enough to make this environmentally friendly list.