Hyundai Aims for 50 MPG Standard

Aug 09, 2010

Hyundai Motor America has announced a goal to achieve a corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) of at least 50 miles per gallon by 2025 for its lineup of passenger cars and light duty trucks.

NHTSA regulations require automakers to achieve a CAFE of 35.5 mpg by 2016. Hyundai had already announced its own plan to reach 35 mpg by 2015 prior to the passing of that legislation.

"We're committed to setting the pace in this industry on fuel economy, and we're inspired by the possibilities that our advanced Blue Drive technologies afford," said John Krafcik, Hyundai Motor America president and CEO. "Getting to 50 mpg and beyond seems like a huge leap, but by making this commitment and aligning our R&D initiatives now, we know we can get there."

Hyundai's plan to achieve an average of 50 mpg or better encompasses a full line of products, from small cars to larger family haulers. Hyundai hopes to improve their CAFÉ with improvements and innovation in powertrains including gasoline direct injection, turbocharging, electric hybrids, plug-in hybrids, light-weight materials and design, and more.

"This is our simple formula for success in the automobile industry," said Krafcik. "Rather than fighting fuel economy regulation, we encourage our Hyundai engineers to deliver more fuel efficiency, faster, accelerating the benefits to our customers, society, and the planet."

[via Business Fleet]

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