The Toyota Yaris has beaten 1,300 cars to be named the Green Car of the Year 2008 by lobby group Environmental Transport Association. The Dodge SRT-10 was named as the least green car.
The award marks the beginning of Green Transport Week (June 14-22). Last year’s winner, the Honda Civic Hybrid, went down to second place.
ETA, which also provides a carbon-neutral breakdown service, examined the power, emissions, fuel efficiency and noise generated by over 1,300 car models available in the UK for the guide.
“The discrepancy between the best and worst – the greenest and the least green cars in the UK today – is striking, but the market is changing and a combination of consumer pressure alongside Government leadership will result in an increasing choice of environmentally-sound cars,” says Andrew Davis, director of the ETA.
The green car guide was first published by the ETA in 1992 in response to requests from its members. It is now seen as an environmental benchmark for both the car industry and the public.
A full list of the best and worst cars in each category, such as luxury cars, city cars and family cars, is available at www.greencarawards.co.uk.