A white Toyota Hilux at a car show.

Australia’s most popular car maker is trailing the pack when it comes to climate credentials, according to a report that ranks the world’s top vehicle manufacturers.

Toyota scored lowest overall for the second year running in Greenpeace’s annual Automotive Environment Guide for 2022, followed by Honda and Nissan, which both slipped three places from last year’s report.

The rankings are based on the manufacturers’ progress towards decarbonising their supply chains, phasing out internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, and resource reduction and efficiency.

In 2021, sales of electric vehicles more than doubled to over 5 per cent of the global market. However, that increase wasn’t evenly distributed across all car manufacturers, according to today’s report.

In the category of transitioning to “zero-emissions vehicles”, companies were ranked based on the proportion of their overall sales that were fully electric or hydrogen-fuel-cell powered.

Toyota, whose Hilux model is consistently Australia’s highest selling car, sold the lowest number of fully electric vehicles as a proportion of their overall sales, out of the top 10 largest car companies globally.

“In 2021, 499 out of every 500 vehicles that Toyota sold were powered by fossil fuels,” the report said.

Although Toyota sells a significant number of hybrid vehicles, those cars combine an electric engine with an internal combustion engine and therefore still produce emissions, said Violette Snow, a Greenpeace Australia Pacific campaigner.

“Zero emissions vehicles were 0.2 per cent of Toyota’s sales in 2021,” Ms Snow said.

A table with figures.
Manufacturers were given a rating based on their phase-out of ICE vehicles, supply chain decarbonisation, and resource reduction and efficiency.(Supplied: Greenpeace)

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