5 New Year’s Resolutions for Green Cars

Courtesy: mnn.com

Contributor: Jim Motavalli

What an interesting year for the auto industry! I certainly wasn’t bored as I ran around covering the dramatic events, which included the Japanese tsunami, a whole bunch of electric and hybrid rollouts, consolidation in the industry (the death of Saab and Aptera), controversy over government loans (to Fisker and Tesla, among others), the federal fuel economy standard of 54.5 mpg by 2025, and a cautiously optimistic sales year.

I had fun driving a bunch of the new cars, from the Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf to the Tesla Roadster, the Buick LaCrosse and the Ford Focus. What’s in my driveway now? Why, none other than a pre-production 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid(left), a revamped vehicle that lets you pilot a pretty roomy family sedan and still claim 40 mpg around town and 38 on the highway. Come to think of it, that’s essentially the selling point of the LaCrosse, too.

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