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Clean Up Your Act

With the new crop of low-emission cars, it's easy being green.

This story appears in the June 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Going green when you purchase your next business car is getting easier, and your choices include more than just hybrids. Environmentally friendly sedans with low-emission gasoline engines--including Chevrolet's Impala and Malibu Maxx, Nissan's Sentra, and Toyota's Camry and Corolla--are making greener-car lists, too.

Honda's Odyssey is the cleanest minivan on the market, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, which ranks cars and trucks according to their impact on air pollution. The California Air Resources Board, whose emissions standards are among the highest in the nation, gives the nod to models such as the Honda Accord, Volkswagen Jetta, and Volvo's premium midsize sedan, the V70. Although some of these super ultra-low emissions vehicles and partial zero-emissions vehicles are currently available only in California, auto manufacturers are scheduled to eventually meet these standards for all states.

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