Whilst Toyota’s somewhat unlimited marketing budget has put the companies green images in the minds of millions of people. Another Japanese manufacturer, Honda, has been quietly following Toyota’s lead and arguably creating a better car than Toyota’s iconic Prius – the Honda Civic Hybrid.
The British love the Civic Hybrid so much that the Britain’s Environmental Transport Association (ETA) has named the Honda Civic Hybrid winner of its 2007 Car Buyers’ Guide making the car the winner for the second year running. The aim of the award is to find the most environmentally friendly car, testing some 2,500 cars.
“We know that increasing numbers of people want to make informed choices about cars particularly in terms of carbon emissions and the damage caused to the environment, it is not surprising that the winner this year is again the Honda Civic Hybrid.” explains Andrew Davis, Director of the ETA.
The Civic was also named the cheapest hybrid car to own and maintain by the RACV here in Australia. Honda sells the Civic Hybrid in Australia from $32,990.
The top 10 greenest cars
1. Honda – Civic Hybrid
2. Vauxhall – Corsa 1.3CTDi
3. Toyota – Yaris 1.4 D-4D Manual
4. Renault – Modus 1.2 16V VVT
5. Daihatsu – Sirion M300
6. Citroen – C1 1.1
7. Toyota – Aygo 1.0 Manual
8. Peugeot – 107 Manual
9. Daihatsu – Charade Manual
10. Fiat – Panda 1.3
So, which cars are the worse for the environment? It shouldn’t be that hard to guess :
1. Lamborghini – Diablo Roadster
2. Lamborghini – Murcielago Roadster
3. Ferrari – Supermerica
4. Ferrari – Scagliatti
5. Bentley – Azure
6. Bentley – Arnage RL
7. Aston Martin – Vanquish
8. Aston Martin – DB9 Manual
9. Bentley – Continental Flying Spur
10. Ferrari – Spider
Super cars – objects of absolute desire, release the largest amount of pollutions into the world. So next time you read about some celebrity discussing how proud they are of their Toyota Prius, remember, there is a good chance there is a Lamborghini or Ferrari parked next to that Prius!