The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) recognized the 2007 Hyundai Accent and Elantra as two of the top 12 “Greenest Vehicles of 2007.” In addition, the 2007 Hyundai Sonata was named in the “Greener Choices for 2007” list that features widely available gasoline-powered cars and light trucks with automatic transmissions. The vehicles will be listed in the ACEEE’s Green Book Online, an annual consumers’ guide to environmentally-friendly cars and trucks.
“These awards for our clean, fuel-efficient Accent and Elantra demonstrate our commitment to the environment, just as our leadership in lifesaving safety technologies like Electronic Stability Control demonstrates our commitment to the safety of our owners,” said John Krafcik, vice president of Strategic Planning and Product Development, Hyundai Motor America. “More and more people are seeing Hyundai as smart choice, and these awards certainly make that more clear.”
The “Greenest Vehicles of 2007” were based on automakers’ test results for fuel economy and emissions as reported to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, California Air Resources Board, and other specifications reported by automakers.
The 2007 Hyundai Accent placed 10th with a “superior” green score of 45 out of 100. The Accent is certified as an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV), delivering up to 37 mpg (automatic transmission/highway). The 1.6-liter dual overhead cam (DOHC) in-line four-cylinder engine that features four valves per cylinder with Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) give the engine a very broad powerband, coupled with high fuel efficiency and low emissions.
The 2007 Hyundai Elantra placed 11th and like the Accent, received a “superior” green score of 45 out of 100. The Elantra is certified as a Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV) and is as clean as many hybrid electric vehicles. Elantra achieves this certification, with its advanced 2.0-liter in-line four-cylinder engine that features DOHC and CVVT, to ensure improved fuel economy.