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Honda Civic GX, Nissan Leaf named 2011’s greenest vehicles while Volt falters

There were several surprises in the annual list of the greenest vehicles of the model year that was released last week by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The ACEEE is a Washington-based nonprofit group financed by foundations, electric utilities and state and federal agencies. The list has five new models.

Many expected that as the Nissan Leaf electric car and Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid are being delivered in the U.S., they would be competing against each other for the top spot at the council’s 14th Green Book annual ranking.

But while the Leaf got second place, the Volt was ranked 13th. Earning the No. 1 position for the eighth consecutive year was the Honda Civic GX, a limited-production model that burns compressed natural gas.

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