published Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Business Briefs: Kia rated greenest automaker

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Kia rated greenest automaker

A scientists' group says Hyundai-Kia has unseated Honda as the greenest automaker in the U.S.

The Union of Concerned Scientists ranks the eight top-selling automakers based on carbon and smog-forming emissions of their fleets. The group says all eight automakers reduced pollution for the first time. Honda didn't win for the first time since the scientists began doing the rankings in 1998.

Hyundai-Kia beat Honda by equipping many models with smaller turbocharged engines. The scientists also say Hyundai-Kia introduced gas-electric hybrid versions of its two top-selling models, the Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima.

Toyota, Nissan and Volkswagen tied for third place. Detroit automakers, which sell more trucks, finished at the bottom. Ford was the highest-ranked Detroit company.

Karen Hutton headlines July CEO series

Karen Hutton, owner of Hutton Construction Inc., is the featured CEO for the next speaker series from top executives, sponsored by the Tennessee Small Business Development Center and The Company Lab.

Hutton's father, David, grew up in a family of sharecroppers and later became a successful pioneer in the shopping center industry. The younger Hutton will share her own entrepreneurial ideas at the "The Talk of the Town" on Tuesday, July 15, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the business incubator at 100 Cherokee Bouleveard, Suite 202. Persons may register at

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