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Brazilian ministry publishes catalog of less polluting cars

December 2nd, 2009
General Motors came out on top

General Motors

The Brazilian Ministry of Environment Tuesday issued a ranking of different-grade environment-friendly cars according to their pollution reduction capability.

On the list of 402 domestic and imported vehicles, only 22 received the five-star evaluation, the highest score provided by the so-called Green Note methodology.

Environment Minister Carlos Minc said the ranking was aimed at creating positive competition among motor manufacturers to make less polluting vehicles.

“The Green Mark is also a good guide to consumers when purchasing cars,” said the minister.

Among the five stars used in the ranking, three are related to pollutant emissions and two to CO2 emissions.

“To reach the three-star level concerning pollutants, the car must display a level below 60 percent of the statutory maximum for each kind of pollutant analyzed. If the level is between 60 percent and 80 percent, a car receives two stars. And if it is between 80 percent and the maximum allowed, a car receives only one star,” the minister said.

As for CO2 emissions, the criterion takes into account the type of fuel used — if it is alcohol it already receives a star. To get another star, the car needs to emit less than 80 grams of CO2 per km.

“Consumers who choose to buy cars with five stars are defending not only the planet and the lung, but also their pockets, since using stronger and more powerful vehicles consume more, pollute more and are more expensive,” said Minc.

Among cars that received five stars, seven were from General Motors including six different models of Celta 1.0 and 1.4 and Prism 1.0. Fiat had six models on the list, including the Idea, Palio, Siena and Stilo, all 1.8 engine.

Volkswagen had five cars in the highest scoring, with the models of Fox and Spacefox 1.6.

Citroen had three models of C3 1.4 with five stars, while the Ford KA 1.0 was also on the five-star list.

Source: Xinhua

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