Hyundai Dethrones Honda as the "Greenest" Automaker in the U.S.    

The Union of Concerned Scientists' (USC), a nonprofit scientific research group, announced in their latest Automaker Rankings Report, that Hyundai Motor Co. has taken Honda's place as the "Greenest Automaker."    

Hyundai's latest fuel economy improvements have earned it this prestigious title that Honda has held for the past 14 years.  Since the introduction of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, the new kings of Green significantly improved its fuel efficiency.    

Scores were based on the 2013 EPA-rated fuel economy of their combined car and truck fleets and the tailpipe emissions those vehicles generated by burning fossil fuels.  

Auto News reported that Hyundai benefited from a decision to drop a six-cylinder version of the Sonata mid-sized sedan in favor of smaller engines, while Honda and Toyota still offer V-6 engines in the Accord and Camry.  

Hyundai's score of 86.4 points means it was 15.6 percent cleaner than the average.  

Hyundai spokesman Jim Trainor commented, "[This report] acknowledges our continued work and commitment to reducing emissions in our efforts to create a better environment for all." 

Hyundai continues to impress for the 2015 Genesis was recently awarded the IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ 

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