Accent and Elantra make ‘Greenest Vehicles’ list
The trophy shelf at Hyundai’s Markham-based headquarters is getting pretty crowded these days, as awards for its rapidly expanding product line continue to come the company’s way.
The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has just recognized the Korean automaker’s Accent and Elantra models as two of the top 12 “Greenest Vehicles of 2007.”
In addition, the ‘07 Sonata was named in the “Greener Choices for 2007” list that features widely available gasoline-powered cars and light trucks with automatic transmissions.
“These awards for our Accent and Elantra demonstrate Hyundai’s commitment to the environment, just as our leadership in standard safety technologies demonstrates our commitment to the security of our owners,” said John Vernile, vice-president of sales and marketing for Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. “More and more Canadians are now seeing Hyundai as the smart choice, and these awards certainly make it that much easier.”
The “Greenest Vehicles of 2007” were based on automakers’ test results for fuel economy and emissions as reported to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, California Air Resources Board, and other specifications reported by automakers.
The 2007 Accent placed 10th with a “superior” green score of 45 out of 100. The 1.6-litre dual overhead cam (DOHC) in-line 4-cylinder engine that features four valves per cylinder with Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) gives a very broad power band, coupled with high fuel efficiency and low emissions.
The ‘07 Elantra placed 11th and received a “superior” green score of 45 out of 100. The Elantra achieves this certification with an advanced 2.0-litre in-line 4-cylinder engine that features double overhead camshafts and continuously variable valve timing to ensure optimum fuel economy.