Hyundai Tops Honda As Most Fuel Efficient Automaker
In another example of Hyundai’s ability to meet goals it sets for itself, one year after announcing its intention to become the most fuel efficient manufacturer in the land, it has done so. The EPA has released its latest U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fuel economy report, and Hyundai passed all major manufacturers in Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) including traditional leaders like Honda and Toyota. And that’s for Model Year 2009, without the aid of new and expensive technology like hybrids and direct injection. A chart of of all the leading manufacturers’ CAFE numbers follows:
Environmental Protection Agency Fuel Economy Reports
Fuel Economy (mpg)
MY 2009 EPA Lab 55/45* (projected)Manufacturer**
Hyundai will also be adding DI, turbocharging and hybrid technology, beginning with the 2011 Sonata. Of course, not having any pickups and other trucks in the lineup doesn’t exactly hurt either. But it sure makes that onerous 2016 CAFE standard of 35.5 miles per gallon look like one of Hyundai’s easier to attain goals.
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