Manufacturers take pride in “green” cars honors and automakers like Honda, Nissan and Toyota aggressively use the accolades in various marketing and public relations campaigns.
But not so much exotic carmakers like Bugatti and domestic truck manufacturers Ford, Dodge and Chevy. They’ve all been awarded positions on the dubious list of the “meanest” cars — the country’s biggest environmental losers.
Bugatti’s position on the top of the bad list is nothing new. It’s a notorious gas guzzler, which the Italian manufacturer doesn’t much care about since the Veyron is among the most exclusive and fastest cars made.
Among gas guzzlers, the Veyron’s 8 mpg in city driving is the lowest average of any car and the only single-digit average.
So, while the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) just released its 14th annual environmental ratings, it also has the reverse list — the least efficient cars and trucks available in the United States
Here are the top-12 least green or “meanest” cars and trucks for 2011.
Dodge Ram 2500 Mega Cab
Ford F-250 (FFV) (Class 2B)
Ford F-150 Raptor
Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG
Mercedes-Benz G 550
GMC Sierra K2500 (Class 2B)
Bentley Continental GTC
Ford Expedition (FFV)/Lincoln Navigator (FFV).
For more information about the meanest cars of 2011, visit: www.greencars.org.
Article Last Updated: February 15, 2011.
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