Money-savers vs. earth-savers - most econo-cars are top environmental performers, but not all



    
    -  BCAA/Pollution Probe analysis combines greenhouse gases and air
       pollutants to provide overall emissions scores
    -  New diesel standards promise new look to lists in 2008
    

    BURNABY, BC, and TORONTO, June 5 /CNW/ - A joint BCAA/Pollution Probe
analysis done for Clean Air Day (June 6) shows most, but not all, fuel
efficient cars are also the easiest on the environment. Results show that
gas-electric hybrids top both the cleanest and most economical lists while
fuel-sipping diesels slip down the list because they emit more air pollutants.
    The BCAA/Pollution Probe analysis uses Natural Resources Canada
(EnerGuide) data to rank vehicles according to fuel economy, and relies on
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data to derive Greenhouse Gas (GHG)
and air pollution emission scores (see attached backgrounder).
    "With so much focus on climate change, we tend to only think about a
vehicle's greenhouse gas emissions when measuring its impact on the
environment," says Trace Acres, BCAA's Director of Corporate Communications
and Government Affairs. "But BCAA believes it's also important to consider a
vehicle's impact on the air we breathe, as well as its contribution to climate
change."
    Comparing fuel economy with overall emissions, the Honda Civic hybrid and
the Toyota Prius hybrid top both lists. But that's where the similarities end,
as the highly efficient Mercedes Smart fortwo and VW diesels can't match the
overall emission scores of their gas-powered counterparts.
    "Today, diesel-powered cars do not compete with their gasoline-powered
counterparts on smog forming emissions performance, but that could soon
change," says Bob Oliver, Pollution Probe transportation programme director.
"Federal low sulphur fuel regulations combined with more stringent emission
standards should drive the development of cleaner diesel technologies. Look
for cleaner diesel vehicle options to start arriving in 2008."
    Reducing environmental impact is a growing motivation for BCAA members to
reduce fuel consumption, according to BCAA's 2007 member opinion survey. Of
the 60 per cent of members who said they had taken action to reduce their fuel
consumption in the past 12 months, 19 per cent said their main motivation was
to reduce emissions, and 35 per cent said their motivation was both to reduce
emissions and cost. A year earlier, only 14 per cent were motivated to reduce
environmental impact and 31 per cent were motivated by both environmental
impact and cost.

    About BCAA

    BCAA is dedicated to meeting the needs of its members and customers
throughout B.C. and the Yukon, connecting them with a team of membership,
automotive, travel and insurance professionals. With over 771,000 members and
$115 million in revenues, BCAA is the largest organization of its kind in B.C.
and the fourth largest CAA-affiliated association in Canada. In 2007, BCAA was
named one the 50 Best Employers in Canada by international HR consultants
Hewitt Associates and the Globe & Mail's Report on Business magazine. To learn
more about BCAA's products, services and member advocacy, visit www.bcaa.com.
For information on the BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation visit www.tsf-bcaa.com.

    About Pollution Probe

    Pollution Probe is a leading not-for-profit environmental organization
actively engaged in initiatives to address air quality, climate change and
water pollution including conducting research, engaging partners, implementing
projects, holding events and contributing to the development of new policies
to honour Canada's commitment to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas
emissions. To learn more about Pollution Probe, visit www.pollutionprobe.org .


    
    Backgrounder


                               Top money savers
                 (In order of fuel consumption performance)

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     Make/Model                          Eng Size/      Trans      City/Hwy
                                          No. Cyl     No. gears     L/100km
                                                                   Combined
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     Toyota Prius Hybrid                  1.5 / 4         V           4.1
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     Mercedes-Benz Smart fortwo CDI       0.8 / 3        M6+          4.2
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     Honda Civic Hybrid                   1.3 / 4        V C          4.5
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     Volkswagen Golf TDI Diesel           1.9 / 4        M5+          5.5
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     Volkswagen New Beetle TDI Diesel     1.9 / 4        M5+          5.5
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     Toyota Camry Hybrid                  2.4 / 4         V           5.7
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     Nissan Altima Hybrid                 2.5 / 4        VE           5.7
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     Volkswagen Jetta TDI Diesel          1.9 / 4        M5+          6.0
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     Toyota Yaris                         1.5 / 4        M5+          6.3
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     Toyota Corolla                       1.8 / 4        M5+          6.3
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     Mini Cooper                          1.6 / 4        M6+          6.4
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     Honda Fit                            1.5 / 4        M5+          6.6
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     Ford Escape Hybrid                   2.3 / 4        V E          6.6
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     Honda Civic                          1.8 / 4        M5+          6.9
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     Kia Rio                              1.6 / 4        M5+          6.9
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     Hyundai Accent                       1.6 / 4        M5+          6.9
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                               Top earth savers
                 (In order of combined emissions performance)

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                                                    City/   EPA
                                            CO(2)  Hwy L/   Air
    Make/Model            Eng      Trans    kg     100km   Poll-  EPA
                        Size /      No.     per     Comb-  ution  GHG  Total
                        No. Cyl    gears    year    ined   Score Score Score
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    Honda Civic
    Hybrid              1.3 / 4     V C     2160     4.5     9    10     19
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    Toyota Prius
    Hybrid              1.5 / 4      V      1968     4.1     8    10     18
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    Toyota Camry
    Hybrid              2.4 / 4      V      2736     5.7     8     9     17
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    Nissan Altima
    Hybrid              2.5 / 4     VE      2784     5.7     8     9     17
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    Honda Accord
    Hybrid              3.0 / 6     E5E     3456     7.3     9     8     17
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    Ford Escape
    Hybrid              2.3 / 4     V E     3168     6.6     8     8     16
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    Toyota Yaris        1.5 / 4     M5+     3024     6.3     6     9     15
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    Toyota Corolla      1.8 / 4     M5+     3024     6.3     6     9     15
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    Hyundai Elantra     2.0 / 4     A4E     3456     7.2     7     8     15
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    Honda Fit           1.5 / 4     M5+     3168     6.6     6     8     14
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    Honda Civic         1.8 / 4     M5+     3312     6.9     6     8     14
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    Kia Rio             1.6 / 4     M5+     3312     6.9     6     8     14
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    Hyundai Accent      1.6 / 4     M5+     3312     6.9     6     8     14
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    Pontiac Vibe/
    Toyota Matrix       1.8 / 4     M5+     3360     7.0     6     8     14
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    Nissan Versa        1.8 / 4      V      3408     7.1     6     8     14
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    Nissan Sentra       2.0 / 4      V      3456     7.2     6     8     14
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    Notes and assumptions:

    1.  Data extracted from EnerGuide (Natural Resources Canada) and the U.S.
        Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Vehicle Guide.
    2.  No EPA data are available for the Nissan Altima Hybrid. Analysis
        assumes same score as Toyota Camry Hybrid, based on vehicle type and
        similar fuel consumption.
    3.  No EPA data is available for Mercedes Smart fortwo. Analysis assumes
        a high GHG score but a relatively low Air Pollution score.
    4.  Equal weighting given to both Air Pollution and GHG scores in
        deriving overall emissions scores.
    5.  Top 16 vehicles identified in each category due to eight vehicles
        tied at combined EPA score of 14.
    





For further information:

For further information: Trace Acres, Director, BCAA Corporate
Communications and Government Affairs, Tel: (604) 268-5029, Cell: (604)
788-3753, E-mail: trace.acres@bcaa.com; Bob Oliver, Transportation Programme
Director, Pollution Probe, Tel: (416) 926-1907 ext. 237, E-mail:
boliver@pollutionprobe.org


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