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Mazda Captures Most Efficient Brand Title: Again

Mazda tops list without benefit of hybrid or electric vehicle in its line-up.

by on Dec.17, 2015

Mazda was deemed by the EPA to have the most fuel-efficient line-up in the U.S. Company officials attired it to the SkyActiv motor used across the portfolio.

With the declining price of fuel helping slowing the trends towards more fuel efficient vehicles, the emission of greenhouse gasses from light-duty vehicles has continued to decline, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA also said in its most recent Light Duty Fuel Economy Trends report that Mazda Motor Corp. is the most fuel-efficient auto manufacturer in the U.S. With the highest fleet-wide adjusted fuel economy performance of 29.4 miles per gallon, and the lowest carbon dioxide emissions of 328, Mazda led the chart for model year 2014.

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For the third consecutive year, Mazda has achieved the highest fuel efficiency of any other mainstream automotive manufacturer in the industry, without offering a hybrid or electric vehicle, noted James O’Sullivan, president and chief executive officer of Mazda’s North American Operations, who credited the company’s SkyActiv technology for the strong fuel-economy numbers. (more…)

EPA New Vehicle Mileage Gains Slowing Down

Agency notes light truck sales driving downward slide.

by on Oct.09, 2014

Trucks are hot sellers these days, in part because they are getting better gas mileage than ever.

Using lighter materials, turbochargers and other methods, automakers are taking to make new cars and trucks more fuel efficient continue to pay off as the gas mileage average in the U.S. hit a record 24.1 miles per gallon last year.

Tempering that good news is the fact that the year-over-year gains are slowing, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The 2013 result was 0.5 miles per gallon better than 2012, but was significantly less than the 1.2-mpg improvement from 2011 to 2012.

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However, due to a sales increase in full-size pickups and SUVs this year, the agency is predicting a much smaller improvement from 2013 to 2014: 0.1 mpg. Sales of light trucks are up 16.5% this year and account for 51.3% of overall sales through September. Last year, they were 49.3% of overall sales. Conversely, car sales have risen just 2.3%, according to Autodata. (more…)

Styling Sells – Battery Cars – More Than Mileage

Alt-fuel vehicle sales rising, but exterior design may be more important than fuel economy.

by on Jun.18, 2010

Styling sells, even when it comes to high-mileage "green" machines.

How much of a market is there for battery cars and other “green” powertrain technologies? 

The answer seems to depend on who you ask and what your basic assumptions about fuel prices are, though there’s little doubt demand for alternative fuel vehicles is growing steadily.  But concerns about such issues as rising fuel costs and global warming may not be the biggest motivators, suggests at least one new report.  Styling may be equally important.

The current year will be a milestone in the green movement, what with two significant launches scheduled for later this year: the 2011 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid and the pure battery-electric Nissan Leaf.  Makers around the world are ramping up production of more conventional green powertrain vehicles, as well, Hyundai, for one, readying its first hybrid-electric vehicle for the U.S. market.

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While Volt and Leaf will come too late to make any real impact on the market, a new study by J.D. Power and Associates predicts that global sales of alternative-fuel vehicles will surge a significant 28% this year, “outpacing the 8% growth we expect in light vehicle sales.”


A Quarter Century of Mileage Misers

Who Needs Hybrids?

by on Jun.14, 2010

The latest Honda Insight delivers Top 10 mileage, but some of the most fuel-efficient cars of the last quarter century have relied on gas or diesel powertrains, not hybrid power.

Who needs hybrids?  Though gasoline-electric powertrains certainly raise the bar when it comes to fuel efficiency, you don’t always have to go quite so high-tech, as a review of the last quarter-century’s biggest mileage misers will reveal.

More than half the cars on the EPA’s Top 10 list of Rated Fuel Sippers used conventional gasoline technology, rather than hybrid powertrains.

As almost any motorist can tell you, the government mileage rating on your window sticker is only an estimate, calculated under carefully controlled conditions.  “Mileage,” as they say, “may vary,” often by quite a bit when it comes to real-world driving.  And the EPA’s Top 10 Real-World Fuel Sippers reveals that traditional power is even more dominant, accounting for six models on the list.

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The original, 2-seat Honda Insight tops both charts.  The 2000 model-year version, with its 3-cylinder 1-liter hybrid powertrain was rated at 49 mpg City/61 Highway, and a Combined mileage rating of 53.  Tracking real-world driving, the EPA says the 2004 through 2006 version of the aluminum-bodied Honda Insight delivered a user average of 70.4 mpg, compared with a government Combined rating of 52 mpg.