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Clean Up Your Act

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

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

Going green when you purchase your next business car is gettingeasier, and your choices include more than just hybrids.Environmentally friendly sedans with low-emission gasolineengines--including Chevrolet's Impala and Malibu Maxx,Nissan's Sentra, and Toyota's Camry and Corolla--are makinggreener-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 airpollution. The California Air Resources Board, whose emissionsstandards are among the highest in the nation, gives the nod tomodels such as the Honda Accord, Volkswagen Jetta, and Volvo'spremium midsize sedan, the V70. Although some of these superultra-low emissions vehicles and partial zero-emissions vehiclesare currently available only in California, auto manufacturers arescheduled to eventually meet these standards for all states.

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