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Automakers Defend Turbo Mileage, Performance

Makers counter claims by Consumer Reports.

by on Feb.06, 2013

The Ford Fusion is now offered with two different turbocharged EcoBoost engines.

They’re billed as being the perfect automotive solution, able to deliver both improved fuel economy and solid performance, but do turbochargers live up to their billing? A review by Consumer Reports magazine has touched off a fierce debate.

According to a new report by Consumer Reports magazine, turbos are more hype than help, generally failing to deliver.  In fact, the non-profit publication claims, turbocharged engines are often slower and less fuel-efficient than the conventional engines they replace.

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Industry officials, however, are standing by the technology which, they contend, will help meet increasingly tough mileage mandates without sacrificing performance and ride quality like other high-efficiency alternatives.


Hyundai Pledges Average Fuel Economy of 50 MPG

‘Is that a stretch target, yeah,’ auto executive admits.

by on Aug.05, 2010

Fuel cell vehicles, battery cars and advanced gasoline technology, like that used in the new Sonata Turbo will be needed, said CEO Krafcik.

Korean carmaker Hyundai has laid out a “stretch target” of hitting an average 50 mpg fuel economy by 2025, a senior official announced to an industry conference.
John Krafcik says one of the core philosophies at Hyundai is a desire to stretch to reach what may seem to be unattainable goals – including mileage numbers many industry leaders see as impossible or close to it.

“We never set a target that we know how to hit,” the president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America told a session at the Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City.

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With that, Krafcik said that the company has pledged to reach an average corporate average fuel economy of 50 mpg in the next 15 years.
“Is that a stretch target, yeah,” Krafcik said. “We want to lead the industry in fuel economy. We want to set the trajectory.”