COSTA MESA, CA – On March 9, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 2012 released its EPA 2011 Light-Duty Automotive Technology and Fuel Economy Trends Report. The report named Hyundai Motor America as number one in the nation for fuel economy and CO2 emissions. The automaker not only surpassed its ratings for its 2010 model year but also bested traditional leaders Honda and Toyota. This year’s rating marks the second time that Hyundai has earned the top stop in both categories; it also achieved the number one ratings for the 2008 model year.
The EPA 2011 Light-Duty Automotive Technology and Fuel Economy Trends Report identified Hyundai as the top 2010 brand with an adjusted fuel economy rating of 27.0 miles per gallon. In addition to being named the most fuel efficient brand, Hyundai also had the lowest fleet-wide adjusted composite CO2 emissions performance (329 g/mi) for the 2010 model year.
The EPA report also noted that preliminary 2011 model year data suggest that Hyundai will maintain its fuel economy leadership. Forecasts indicate that the automaker will achieve an adjusted fuel economy rating of 27.5 MPG in the 2011 model year.
According to Hyundai, its model lineup presents a robust offering of fuel efficient models, including Elantra, Sonata Hybrid, Accent and Veloster M/T; all of these vehicles achieve an estimated 40 MPG highway fuel economy rating. In 2011, Hyundai achieved a corporate average fuel economy level of 36.1 MPG and sold 214,132 40 MPG vehicles; these cars represented one-third of total sales.
“The 2011 EPA data demonstrates Hyundai’s commitment to fuel economy leadership and validates the effectiveness of our Blue Drive strategy,” noted John Krafcik, Hyundai Motor America president and CEO. “We are committed to developing a suite of smart fuel-efficient strategies, from hybrids to new solutions in high-technology gasoline vehicles. Gas prices are expected to hit record highs this summer and consumers are looking for ways to cut back on fuel costs with cars that offer improved fuel economy. Through innovations such as light-weight steel, direct injection technology, turbocharging and advanced transmissions we are able to improve the efficiency and performance of all our vehicles, allowing us to achieve best-in-class fuel economy and emissions levels for the Hyundai brand.”
In view of the foregoing, the eco-conscious Angelenos who wish to ease the pain at the pump should check out the Hyundai lineup if they are considering a trade. Adding to the appeal of a new Hyundai is its competitive pricing, styling, and excellent warranty.