Honda Achieves Highest Fleet and Full-Line Fuel Economy Gains for 2012
Thanks to the government's goal to increase fuel efficiency to around 50 mpg within the next few years, automakers have been striving to come up with new technologies. Hybrid powertrains, diesel engines, and electric vehicles have been heavily marketed by automakers over their gas variants. Recently, Mazda was announced as the automaker that achieved the highest average fuel economy of all automakers for the 2012 model year, while Honda came in second. However, Honda has managed to earn the highest fleet fuel economy gain and largest fuel economy gain among major full-line automakers for the 2012 model year. According to a report conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Honda managed to achieve a fleet-average fuel economy of 26.6 mpg for 2012. This shows a 2.5 mpg increase over the previous model year vehicles. According to the fleet average "adjusted" fuel economy numbers, Honda managed to outperform Mazda by just a tenth of an mpg, even though Honda sells more large SUVs. Mike Accavitti, senior vice president for American Honda Motor Co., said, "At Honda, we're proving that safety and fuel economy need not necessarily be at cross purposes. We're taking unprecedented steps to ensure that our products literally lead the industry in both. Our IIHS test results and EPA numbers speak for us on this matter." Along with achieving the highest fleet fuel economy, Honda also had the lowest fleet-average CO2 emissions among major full-line automakers, totaling 334 grams per mile. Mazda managed to beat out Honda for the lowest CO2 rating among all automakers by just one gram per mile, but when you again factor in the larger vehicles in the Honda lineup, that number remains pretty impressive. Source: Honda
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