Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Five Hyundai Models Make Yahoo! Autos' Top 100 "Green" Cars List

Five Hyundai Models Make Yahoo! Autos' Top 100 "Green" Cars List

2007 Hyundai Accent, Elantra, Sonata, Tiburon And Tucson Models Rank High In "Green Ratings"

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., 05/31/2007 The Yahoo! Autos Green Center ranks the 2007 Hyundai Accent, Elantra, Sonata, Tiburon and Tucson models as five of the top 100 "Green" Cars for 2007. The vehicles listed online at were ranked on a scale of 1-100 based on the environmental impact of each vehicle. The Yahoo! Autos Green Center currently ranks more than 450 models in-market in the U.S.

On this year's "green" cars list, two of the five Hyundai models listed by Yahoo! Autos ranked in the top 20. The 2007 Hyundai Accent GLS scored 75 out of 100 points. The Accent is certified as an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV), delivering up to 37 mpg (automatic transmission/highway). The 1.6-liter dual overhead cam (DOHC) in-line four-cylinder engine that features four valves per cylinder with Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) give the engine a very broad powerband, coupled with high fuel efficiency and low emissions.

The 2007 Hyundai Elantra scored 76 out of 100 possible points. The Elantra is certified as a Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV) and is as clean as many hybrid electric vehicles. Elantra achieves this certification with its advanced 2.0-liter in-line four-cylinder engine that features DOHC and CVVT, to ensure improved fuel economy.

"This recognition of our clean, fuel-efficient powertrains demonstrates our commitment to the environment, just as our leadership in lifesaving safety technologies like electronic stability control (ESC) demonstrates our commitment to the safety of our owners," said John Krafcik, vice president of Strategic Planning and Product Development, Hyundai Motor America. "More and more people are seeing Hyundai as a smart choice, and the Green Ratings from Yahoo! Autos reinforce that."

Yahoo! Autos' "Green Ratings" measure a vehicle's environmental friendliness on a scale of 1 to 100, and factors in tailpipe pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, fuel economy and the manufacturing process. The "greener" a vehicle is, the higher its "Green Rating" will be, lowering its harm to both the health of the planet and humans. Numerous major environmental pollutants associated with a motor vehicle are covered by the "Green Rating," including:

  • Greenhouse gases, primarily carbon dioxide (CO2)
  • Fine particles (particulate matter, PM)
  • Nitrogen oxides (NOx)
  • Hydrocarbons (HC)
  • Carbon monoxide (CO)

Yahoo! Autos' Green Center provides consumers with a comprehensive, unbiased source of information, resources and community about green vehicles, including all technologies. The Green Center brings together industry information from experts as well as consumer-generated content from the Yahoo! network.

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 750 dealerships nationwide.

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