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Hyundai earns top rating in miles per gallon and carbon-dioxide emissions

The O.C. automaker also earned the top rating by the EPA in 2008.

by Kristina WongPublished: March 13, 2012 07:45 AM

Costa Mesa-based Hyundai Motor America earned the top spot for manufacturer fuel economy and carbon dioxide emissions in the 2011 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Fuel Economy Trends Report. For the 2010 model year, Hyundai ranked higher than the previous leaders, Honda and Toyota.

This the second time that Hyundai has come out on top; the automaker ranked No. 1 for the 2008 model year as well.

The EPA Fuel Economy Trends Report, published earlier this month, also suggests that Hyundai will also maintain its No. 1 position for the 2011 model year. Hyundai vehicles are expected to have an average fuel economy rating of 27.5 mpg and a carbon-dioxide emissions performance of 323 g/mi. 

“The 2011 EPA data demonstrates Hyundai’s commitment to fuel economy leadership and validates the effectiveness of our Blue Drive strategy,” said Hyundai Motor America president and CEO John Krafcik.  “We are committed to developing a suite of smart fuel-efficient strategies – from hybrids to new solutions in high-technology gasoline vehicles. Gas prices are expected to hit record highs this summer, and consumers are looking for ways to cut back on fuel costs with cars that offer improved fuel economy.

“Through innovations such as lightweight steel, direct injection technology, turbocharging and advanced transmissions,” Krafick added, “we are able to improve the efficiency and performance of all our vehicles, allowing us to achieve best-in-class fuel economy and emissions levels for the Hyundai brand.”

The top fuel economy rankings are as follows: Hyundai, Kia, Toyota, Honda, VW, Mazda, Subaru, Nissan, BMW, GM and Ford.

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