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Hyundai, Honda Named the Top Two ‘Greenest Automakers’ by UCS; Nissan and Volkswagen Make Top Five

Sonata Hybrid

Since 1998, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has periodically published its “Greenest Automaker” report, analyzing the eight biggest automakers in the United States based on factors like fuel economy and emissions. For the first 14 years, Honda sat atop the rankings, but the UCS’ most recent study found that another automaker is now the most eco-friendly: Hyundai-Kia.

Hyundai leapfrogged Honda to become the “Greenest Automaker” in the U.S., mainly because of two factors: decreasing the size of its engines and adding turbocharged options to the mix, and offering an electric-hybrid version of the Hyundai Sonata. Honda, meanwhile, was able to remain in the top two, reaffirming its place among the fuel-efficient elite.

“Honda continues to lead the way in many vehicle classes, but it’s started to lag the industry average in its midsize fleet – which includes its best-selling Accord, and accounts for a quarter of the company’s sales,” Dave Cooke, a vehicles analyst in the Clean Vehicles Program and the author of the report. “As Hyundai-Kia works to further improve fuel economy and electrify its fleet, Honda will need to step up its game if it wants to take back the crown.”

Nissan and Volkswagen managed to crack the top five as well, coming in a three-way tie with Toyota, while Ford earned the best rating of any of the American-based manufacturers. The report lauded Ford for making turbocharged engines available with most of its new model lineup, including the F-150.

The authors of the report looked at a number of factors – including fuel economy, tailpipe emissions and new technologies – to determine their rankings. Since 2000, the eight automakers have managed to reduce tailpipe emissions by 87 percent, and for the first time ever, they all achieved decreases in average carbon and smog-forming emissions compared to average levels in 2000.

DealerRater: Hyundai Dealerships Rank Highest in Customer Satisfaction

All-New Hyundai Genesis

Vehicle owners can have a relationship with their dealership that lasts for many years, not only affecting their total cost of ownership, but also how long their ride will stay running out on the road. According to DealerRater’s 2014 Consumer Rating Index (CRI), no other mass-market auto brand has customers who are more satisfied with their dealership experience than Hyundai.

DealerRater determined its 2014 CRI by gathering 330,000 verified customer reviews from March 2013 to March 2014, averaging the ratings of individual brand dealerships based on a five-point scale. The dealership-review site sought feedback on both the sales and service experiences, including customer service, friendliness, quality of work, price and overall experience. With a score of 4.712, Hyundai dealerships topped competitors from brands like Buick, Honda, Kia and Subaru.

“Hyundai vehicles are built to last for decades, and as a Hyundai dealership, we always strive to build mutually beneficial relationships with our customers that last just as long,” said Drew Hill, general manager of AutoFair Hyundai, a New Hampshire Hyundai dealer in Manchester. “Hyundai may be a mass-market brand, but when you visit one of its dealerships you’re going to be treated to luxury-level customer service, whether you’re looking for a new Sonata or need service done on your ’98 Elantra.”

In addition to its upmarket treatment of customers, Hyundai also offers an upmarket model with its redesigned 2015 Genesis, and the luxury sedan is proving it can take care of customers after they leave the dealership lot. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently presented the 2015 Hyundai Genesis with its Top Safety Pick+ designation, the organization’s highest crash-safety rating. Going above and beyond the requirements for a Top Safety Pick+, the new Genesis received the top score of “good” in all five of the IIHS’ crashworthiness tests while rating “superior” for its optional front crash-prevention technology.

Honda Previews 2015 Civic Type R

Honda Previews the Upcoming Civic Type R; Sporty Hatchback Slated to Be a 2015 Model (Photos)

The Honda Civic has been going back and forth with the Toyota Corolla for the crown as the best-selling nameplate of all time, in large part because it offers its drivers a tremendous all-around value. From earning an IIHS Top Safety Pick to being named to KBB.com’s “10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000 of 2013” list, the Civic is able to deliver it all.

Including race car-like performance. Honda is planning to add a Type R hatchback to the Civic family for 2015, which would be powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Prior estimates had the 2015 Civic Type R generating around 280 horsepower, but that number has jumped to 320 hp, according to recent reports.

Honda revealed photos of the Civic Type R, and you can get a sneak peek of it below!

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