Hyundai Nears 35 MPG Goal
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CA – Hyundai Motor America now reports monthly sales-weighted CAFE results for the Hyundai brand. For the month of Jan. 2011, Hyundai said its sales-weighted CAFE level was 34.7 miles per gallon with a model year mix of 86 percent 2011 vehicles and 14 percent 2010 vehicles.
The automaker said this is a significant improvement over its most recent official CAFE level for the 2009 model year, which was 31.7 mpg. Its current mpg rating, as of Jan. 2011, for cars was 36.4, for its trucks 29.8.
The company also said it began selling vehicles with a 40 mpg EPA fuel economy highway rating in November 2010, specifically the 2011 Elantra sedan and 2011 Sonata Hybrid.
“In 2008, Hyundai had committed to achieve a CAFE level of at least 35 mpg by 2015. Since then, we’ve redoubled our efforts to introduce affordable, fuel-efficient technology across our lineup, and now we can confidently project achieving a 35 mpg average several years early,” said John Krafcik, Hyundai Motor America’s president and CEO.
“With 2025 CAFE targets being discussed in the 47-to-62 mpg range, Hyundai’s fuel economy and sales achievements across a wide range of vehicle segments may provide some confidence to policy-makers that this industry can achieve remarkable fuel efficiency gains without compromising vehicle sales, appeal, value, or customer satisfaction.”