2012 Toyota Prius C: Cleanest Mass-Production Vehicle
January 31, 2013
Every year, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) takes a look at the country's greenest mass-production vehicles, and produces a list showing which ones are friendliest to the environment. This year, the Toyota Prius C was the big winner, coming in at the number one spot in the annual rankings.
ACEEE Vehicle Analyst Shruti Vaidyanatha points out that the list is flush with hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and battery-electric cars — a sure indicator that a shift is occurring as automakers focus more on vehicles that emphasize fuel efficiency and clean emissions.
The runner-up was Honda's Fit EV, with the top five rounded out by the standard Prius, Prius Plug-in and Honda Civic Hybrid. Other models that made the cut include the Honda Insight, Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid, Smart Fortwo, Scion iQ and Ford Focus EV.
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Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor