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Hyundai Has The Most Fuel Efficient Fleet In America

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On: Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 9:57AM | By: Chris Weiss

Hyundai Has The Most Fuel Efficient Fleet In America

With a national gas price average that's likely to break the all-time high, we all could use a more efficient car. The best place to look appears to be your local Hyundai showroom. The EPA declared Hyundai Motor America the most fuel efficient automaker in the US earlier this month.

The EPA's recently published 2011 Light-Duty Automotive Technology and Fuel Economy Trends Report looks at fuel economy averages for the 2010 model year, the last year that complete data is available for. Hyundai and sister company Kia both scored solid 27.0 mpg ratings, up from 2009 ratings of 25.1 and 24.2, respectively. Hyundai jumped three spots to capture top billing, beating out 2009 winner Toyota, which held steady at 25.4, and 2009 #2 Honda, which rose from 24.6 to 24.9.

Hyundai announced two years ago that it planned to reach a fleet average of 50 mpg by 2025, prior to the Obama administration announcing the ambitious goal of 54.5 mpg by 2025 last summer. The automaker currently offers four models with an estimated 40 mpg rating - the Elantra, Sonata Hybrid, Accent and Veloster M/T. The 2012 Elantra just won North American Car of the Year at the Detroit Auto Show, making for a good couple of months for Hyundai.

In looking at the car and light truck industry at large, fuel economy increased to 22.6 mpg (from 22.4 in 2009) while emissions decreased to 394 grams per mile (from 397 in 2009). The agency estimates that 2011 numbers should continue that trend, with fuel economy rising to 22.8 mpg and emissions dropping to 391 gpm.


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