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HEVs Earn Three of Top Five Spots on ACEEE Green Vehicle List.

The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) recently announced this year's "greenest" and "meanest" vehicles, along with the environmental scorings of all model year 2005 cars and passenger trucks, as part of the ACEEE Green Book Online, the eighth annual edition of the council's environmental guide to cars and trucks, available online at http://www.greenercars.com.

According to ACEEE, Honda's natural gas (NG)-powered Civic GX retained the distinction of the "greenest" vehicle of the year, followed closely behind by the hybrid electric Honda Insight, with Toyota's hybrid Prius, the Honda Civic Hybrid and the Toyota Corolla rounding out the top five.

ACEEE said the "most notable newcomer" to this year's list is the Ford Escape Hybrid -- "marking the first time ever a gasoline-powered SUV has achieved a spot among the greenest vehicles of the year."

"For years, we've been advising buyers that greener models are available to them no matter what type of vehicle they're shopping for," said ACEEE research associate James Kliesch. "Today, with a bona fide gas-powered SUV on our Greenest Vehicles list, this advice rings truer than ever."

For the Green Book Online, ACEEE noted that vehicles are analyzed on the basis of a Green Score, "a singular measure that incorporates unhealthy tailpipe emissions, fuel consumption and the emissions of gases that cause global warming."

Contact: James Kliesch, ACEEE, phone 202-429-8873, website http://www.aceee.org.

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