Ford’s Vehicles Top The Big Three In Reducing Auto Pollution – Brief Article
Ford Motor Co. showed the most marked improvement in auto-pollution abatement among the top six suppliers in the U.S., according to a biennial survey released by the Union of Concerned Scientists. Japanese manufacturers Honda Motor Co., Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co. remained the top three environmental performers in the U.S. auto market, but Honda’s overall lead has slipped as new tailpipe emissions regulations force competitors to catch up, according to the survey.
“Although still dirtier than the average, Ford has overtaken General Motors as the greenest of the Big Three as a result of its voluntary commitment to build trucks with lower smog-forming emissions,” the UCS said.
The environment- and health-oriented group welcomed Ford’s commitment to improve fuel efficiency of its sport utility vehicles 25 percent between 2000 and 2005. But it called on the company to extend the targeted reduction to all its trucks, a move that would put it on par with industry leader Honda in environmental performance.
The survey, based on the 2001 model year, found that on average trucks emitted 2.4 times more smog-forming pollution such as nitrogen oxide and 1.4 times more global warming gas such as carbon dioxide than cars.
While companies more dependent on truck sales are generally dirtier, the UCS saw promising exceptions in the performance of Nissan and Ford, both of which sell more trucks than cars.
The UCS noted that U.S. tailpipe emissions regulations taking effect by the end of the decade will require all automakers to reduce smog-forming emissions to the same, lower standard. But the group said the government can do more.
A recent proposal by the Transportation Department’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to raise fuel efficiency requirements for SUVs and other light trucks 1.5 miles a gallon by 2007 could be a hollow gesture, the report said. The increase is so small most automakers are already on pace to exceed it, it said.
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