Latest 2010 cars in U.S. over 6% greener than 2009 model year range image

Environmental car data released by WhatGreenCar today shows that the latest 2010 range of new cars available in the U.S. is 6.6% greener than the 2009 Model Year (MY) range.

The WhatGreenCar Ratings also demonstrate that the shift to green is gaining pace – to date, this year’s 6.6% reduction is more than three times last year’s improvement of 2.1%.

Comparing MY2009 cars with the latest MY2010 line-up, 10 volume manufacturers are now offering a new model range above the average improvement of 6.6%. The ‘Top 10′ manufacturers achieving this are: Chevrolet (20.3% improvement), GMC (15.3%), Mercedes-Benz (13.6%), Lexus (13.2%), Mercury (11.6%), Kia (11.0%), Ford (10.4%), Acura (8.0%), Volkswagen (8.0%), and Suzuki (7.7%).

Top 10 improvement in WhatGreenCar Ratings by manufacturer – as of 09/21/09*

Rank Manufacturer

WhatGreenCar Rating

% Improvement

2008

2009

2010*

2009

2010*

1 CHEVROLET

76.0

74.8

59.6

1.6%

20.3%

2 GMC

86.1

82.9

70.2

3.8%

15.3%

3 MERCEDES-BENZ

92.1

87.6

75.7

4.9%

13.6%

4 LEXUS

66.0

67.5

58.6

-2.2%

13.2%

5 MERCURY

68.0

66.8

59.0

1.9%

11.6%

6 KIA

61.4

63.9

56.9

-4.0%

11.0%

7 FORD

77.4

74.8

67.0

3.4%

10.4%

8 ACURA

66.9

66.3

61.0

0.9%

8.0%

9 VOLKSWAGEN

60.8

58.5

53.8

3.9%

8.0%

10 SUZUKI

62.0

62.0

57.3

0.0%

7.7%

Av. ALL (% YoY)

71.9

70.4

65.7

2.1%

6.6%

*Based on 2010 model year data available as of 09/21/09

According to Dr Ben Lane, Managing Editor of WhatGreenCar: “U.S. car makers are making huge strides to produce smaller, more fuel-efficient cars as well as pushing fast into the electric and hybrid markets. Cars such as the Chevrolet Volt and the Lexus HS 250h hybrid are proof that the U.S. auto industry is genuinely trying to clean up its act as well as producing cars that consumers want to buy.”

For the first time, the WhatGreenCar Vehicle Ratings allow the emerging trend for models with lower environmental impact to be tracked, and show which manufacturers are doing most to green their range. The following table shows which of the major automakers currently have the greenest line-up of 2009/10 models – the Top 10 includes many of the key manufacturers of small and/or hybrid cars.

Top 10 greenest car range (MY2009-10) by manufacturer – as of 09/21/09*

Rank Manufacturer

WhatGreenCar Rating

% Improvement

2008

2009-10*

2009-10*

1 MINI

50.2

45.1

10.1%

2 PONTIAC

60.0

55.6

7.4%

3 VOLKSWAGEN

60.8

56.7

6.8%

4 HONDA

57.4

57.4

0.1%

5 SUZUKI

62.0

59.9

3.4%

6 HYUNDAI

62.9

60.4

3.9%

7 KIA

61.4

61.3

0.2%

8 MAZDA

62.3

61.5

1.2%

9 TOYOTA

64.6

63.0

2.6%

10 SUBARU

63.6

63.2

0.6%

Av. ALL (%YoY)

71.9

68.8

4.3%

*Based on 2010 model year data available as of 09/21/09

The WhatGreenCar Ratings also show which companies have the most polluting cars in their showrooms. Although this is subject to change as new 2010 models are released, the table below shows the current (volume) producers of the least green cars in the U.S.

Top 10 most polluting car range (MY2009-10) by manufacturer – as of 09/21/09*

Rank Manufacturer

WhatGreenCar Rating

% Improvement

2008

2009-10*

2009-10*

1 LAMBORGHINI

100.0

100.0

0.0%

2 ROLLS-ROYCE

87.7

96.6

-10.1%

3 LAND ROVER

91.1

90.7

0.5%

4 HUMMER

90.9

90.4

0.6%

5 ISUZU

75.6

83.1

-9.9%

6 MERCEDES-BENZ

92.1

82.8

10.1%

7 GMC

86.1

80.6

6.3%

8 JEEP

78.7

77.3

1.7%

9 CADILLAC

78.1

77.0

1.5%

10 INFINITI

76.2

75.0

1.6%

Av. ALL (%YoY)

71.9

68.8

4.3%

*Based on 2010 model year data available as of 09/21/09

With interest in fuel economy and the environment on the rise, WhatGreenCar provides all the information consumers need to buy a green car – one that saves money as well as the planet.

Users of the site can search for ratings for over 6000 U.S. models (2008 through 2010), including gasoline, hybrid, ethanol, diesel and natural gas (CNG) vehicles. Environmental ratings are given for both Federal and California sales areas. During the fall, Models Years 2001-07, and ratings for the latest electric and fuel cell vehicles will also be available.