US Gas Guzzlers Top 'Meanest' List

ACEEE reveals "dirty dozen" most environmentally unfriendly vehicles for 2002.

Published: 05-Feb-2002

DETROIT, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Detroit Big Three automakers produce the biggest gas guzzlers on this year's list of "Meanest Vehicles for the Environment," which is compiled by The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, a Washington-based environmental watchdog group.

But offerings from luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz, a German unit of German-American DaimlerChrysler AG (NYSE:DCX) , Lexus, the upscale division of Toyota Motor Co. , and sports car maker Lamborghini also appear on the "dirty dozen" list.

Compiled since 1998, the list names 12 cars and trucks that are considered the biggest offenders to the environment in their model year. It is based on a variety of factors including poor fuel efficiency, the size and exact makeup of a vehicle's smog-forming tailpipe emissions and their impact on public health and the environment.

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