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Toyota Named the World’s Best Global Green Brand

Ford, Honda, Nissan and VW also land in Top 10.

by on Jun.12, 2013

The popular Prius hybrid helped Toyota land at the top of the Best Global Green Brand list.

Toyota has once again been picked as the world’s greenest brand, according to an annual consumer study that found five automotive brands among the Top 10.

While the automobile itself may be linked to an assortment of environmental issues, from smog to global warming, automotive manufacturers are gaining increased recognition for their focus on sustainability, whether reducing fuel consumption, eliminating plant wastes or recycling materials like rubber, plastic and metal into new components.

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Repeating in the number one spot, “Toyota is a leading example of what can result,” noted an announcement from Interbrand, a major brand consultancy and author of an assortment of studies rankings global brands. The newest is the third annual Best Global Green Brands report.


Nissan Targets Sales of 1.5 Mil Zero-Emission Vehicles by 2017 with Partner Renault

Japanese Maker Aims for Green Leadership.

by on Oct.24, 2011

Nissan -- with French alliance partner Renault -- plans to sell 1.5 million battery cars by 2017.

Nissan has laid out a six-year plan to become the world’s leading “green” automaker, with a target of selling a cumulative 1.5 million zero-emissions vehicles by 2017 in partnership with French automaker Renault.

Nissan launched its push late in 2010 with the debut of the Leaf battery-electric vehicle, with Renault set to begin production of its own BEVs in the months ahead.  While sales are expected to barely nudge 20,000 this year, the makers are rapidly ramping up capacity and by mid-decade will be able to produce as many as 450,000 battery cars annually worldwide.

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During a news conference in Tokyo today Carlos Ghosn, who serves as CEO of both makers, announced that the plan calls for Nissan boosting the fuel economy of its typical vehicle 35% compared to 2005 levels.  It also aims to reduce overall CO2 emissions by 20% by 2017.

“More consumers are demanding products in line with their values, including cars and trucks with a lower carbon footprint,” said Ghosn.


First Look: Nissan Townpod

Clean urban mobility.

by on Sep.30, 2010

Nissan Chief Operating Office Toshiyuki Shiga reveals the maker's latest battery car concept, the Townpod.

One thing you can say about Carlos Ghosn, the CEO of both Nissan and its alliance partner, Renault, he’s determined to prove there’s a serious market for electric vehicles.

While the Japanese maker’s first battery car, the Leaf, is still a few months away from launch, Nissan was talking up other ideas for green mobility during the Paris Motor Show preview – and backing its words up with an all-new concept for clean urban mobility, the Townpod.

“The journey to zero emission is just beginning,” suggested Ghosn’s top lieutenant, Nissan COO Toshiyuki Shiga, as the covers lifted off the battery-electric vehicle, or BEV.

Under the skin, the Townpod shares it’s electric drive system with the Leaf, meaning a 24 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack driving a single electric motor.  (Click Here for’s review of the 2011 Nissan Leaf.)

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As with Leaf, Townpod would be expected to deliver about 100 miles range and take about 8 hours to recharge using a 220-volt charger.  Performance also would likely be described as “brisk” from 0 to around 35 mph, thanks to the torquey performance of electric drive systems.