Monday, 16 August 2010 14:19

Hyundai Sets 50 MPG Goal for Vehicles

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New National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regulations require automakers to achieve a corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) rating of 35.5 miles per gallon (MPG) by 2016. Hyundai will not only meet this new requirement, the company plans to achieve a CAFE rating of at least 50 MPG by 2025 for its passenger cars and light duty trucks. To meet this goal, Hyundai will leverage its Blue Drive strategy to align research and development with developing more fuel-efficient technologies at its engineering centers in California, Michigan, Korea, India and Germany. Initiatives will include improvements in powertrains (components that generate power), lightweight materials, electric hybrids, plug-in hybrids and design. Hyundai Motor America’s President and CEO John Krafcik stated that the company is “committed to setting the pace in [the] industry on fuel economy.” Although a 50-MPG CAFE rating is an ambitious goal, Krafcik says that “by making this commitment and aligning our R&D initiatives now, we know we can get there.”
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