Chevy’s New Eco Labels Show Cars’ Impact

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Chevy’s new Ecologic labels, set to debut in the 2012 Sonic in March, will provide consumers with information on the environmental impact of the car, from assembly and production to disposal. Photo: Mark Finkenstaedt for General Motors

When shopping for a new car, its fuel economy label will tell you estimated miles per gallon, but you’re left in the dark about the environmental impact of the vehicle over its lifetime, from production to disposal.

Now Chevrolet is going beyond the average fuel economy window sticker with its new Ecologic labels, which will provide information to consumers about the car’s environmental features, the automaker announced last week.

Located on the rear driver-side window, the labels will display any eco-friendly manufacturing and assembly techniques used to make the car, as well as fuel-saving features including advanced engine technologies, aerodynamics, lightweight parts or low-rolling resistance tires. The window sticker will also explain how 85 percent of the car by weight can be recycled at the end of its useful life.

The Ecologic labels are set to debut in the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic in March and in 2013 Chevy vehicles later this year, the company said.

Two Tomorrows, an independent third-party sustainability company, will audit each claim on the new decals to assure accuracy.

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