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Posted: May 7 2010, 11:06 PM
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TOYOTA PRIUS NAMED TOP GREEN CAR FOR 2010
An influential US automotive guide has named Toyota Prius as its top green car for 2010.
Kelley Blue Book said it listed Prius at number one in its Top 10 Green Cars list due to its fuel efficiency and additional high-tech options.
It said the third-generation Prius is the biggest, most powerful iteration yet, while also being the most fuel-efficient.
In Australia, Prius achieves fuel economy of 3.9 litres per 100km. It also produces just 89 grams/km of carbon dioxide - lower than any other car on the local market.
Prius is the top-ranked car on the Federal Government's Green Vehicle Guide, achieving a maximum five stars.
The US guide cited the sophisticated petrol-electric hybrid technology in Prius, as well as features such as a glass moonroof with a solar-powered ventilation system, voice-activated navigation and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.
It said the good news of an economic upswing would also bring higher oil and fuel prices.
"Saving gasoline (petrol) doesn't just save the planet, it also saves money," the guide said.
To be considered for the green Top 10, each vehicle was required to offer fuel economy and carbon-dioxide emissions superior to the bulk of vehicles in its class.
At the same time, they had to provide all the safety, creature comforts and driving enjoyment that would make the car pleasant to own.