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Honda bests Toyota, and all of Detroit, in green automaker award

October 7, 2010 | 11:02 am

American Honda Motor Co. received top honors in the Union of Concerned Scientists' annual rating of "green" automakers, for the fifth time in a row.

This might come as a surprise to Prius owners, whose image of Toyota is tinted green. But consider its fast-selling behemoths, such as the Tundra pickup. Without the Prius, the group said, Toyota would place fourth.

Hyundai Motor America placed third, followed by Volkswagen Group of America, Nissan North America Inc., Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group.

The automotive pack has some catching up to do: Honda's fleet was rated 14% cleaner than the top eight manufacturers combined.

Times staff writer Jerry Hirsch has the full story.

-- Geoff Mohan