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2011 Hyundai Elantra

2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Hyundai Veloster Concept
Hyundai looks to expand its range of fuel efficient vehicles

The auto industry these days has its eyes on Hyundai. Hyundai has made great strides over the past two decades when it comes to improving its quality, reliability, and public image. Hyundai has gone from making the simply terrible Excel from the 80s to making credible luxury sedans like the Genesis and Equus today (along with a full stable of more mainstream vehicles).

Now, Hyundai is looking to make a huge leap in fuel efficiency for its vehicles according to Detroit News. Hyundai's North American CEO, John Krafcik, is looking to boost the fleet fuel efficiency average from a current level of 30.9 mpg (the industry's highest total) to a whopping 50 mpg within the next 15 years.

"We're committing today to a 50 mpg target by 2025," stated Krafcik. "We're all in. Let's go as far as we can. We don't know how to get there."

Hyundai will need to devote as much as 20 percent of its production to hybrid/plug-in hybrid vehicles and roughly 5 percent of production to electric vehicles to meet that lofty goal.

Hyundai is already well on its way to boosting fuel efficiency across the board with its mainstream vehicles. The Hyundai Sonata is among the most fuel efficient midsize family sedans available on the U.S. market with fuel economy ratings of 24/35 mpg city/highway with its standard 198 hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. For those that crave more power, the 274 hp 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine option beats its competitors' V6 offerings in power and fuel efficiency at 22/34 mpg.

The Sonata will also be available in a hybrid variant which will achieve EPA ratings of 37 mpg city and 39 mpg highway.

Next year, Hyundai is also bringing its 40 mpg Veloster which looks to upset Honda's hybrid-only CR-Z along with a subcompact Accent and compact Elantra which will both approach 40 mpg.



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RE: Upping Fuel Economy?
By Spuke on 8/5/2010 2:09:18 PM , Rating: 2
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While it is true that government regs on safety and emissions have played a large part in making the cars heavier, it still does not explain it.
Yes it does explain it!! A heavier car takes more power to move which lowers fuel economy. Today's emissions equipment along with fuel additives to reduce emissions reduce fuel efficiency. These are facts. An 1800 lb car is going to get better fuel economy than a 3600 lb one. One requires less energy to move than the other. Duh.

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I will not comment on the status of your IQ, but clearly you missed the whole point of the post, so read into that what you want.
His point has been debated in every single fuel economy thread. It's old. He even alluded to already knowing the answer to his own question but asked it again. Hence he IS an idiot or just maybe insane.


RE: Upping Fuel Economy?
By clovell on 8/5/2010 3:26:31 PM , Rating: 2
Some folks seem to forget that weight is proportional to mass, which is just a fancy way to measure how hard it is to accelerate an object.

Harder to move = more energy required to move.

Can I get a QED?


RE: Upping Fuel Economy?
By tng on 8/5/2010 4:18:12 PM , Rating: 1
Wow, you are really an A$$ aren't you?

Do you get lessons somewhere to learn how to be so rude? Obviously you don't want to answer any questions, so is that your contribution here, to be rude?


RE: Upping Fuel Economy?
By Spuke on 8/5/2010 4:44:49 PM , Rating: 2
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Do you get lessons somewhere to learn how to be so rude? Obviously you don't want to answer any questions, so is that your contribution here, to be rude?
Your reading comprehension is poor. I gave you plenty of answers, you just choose not to believe them.


RE: Upping Fuel Economy?
By tng on 8/5/2010 5:00:47 PM , Rating: 1
I tend to quit reading when I see poor manners and insults, poor even for an online blog.....

I see it continues....


RE: Upping Fuel Economy?
By YashBudini on 8/5/2010 6:13:41 PM , Rating: 2
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An 1800 lb car is going to get better fuel economy than a 3600 lb one. One requires less energy to move than the other. Duh.


Uh, you never had much exposure to the Chevette, have you?


RE: Upping Fuel Economy?
By Spuke on 8/5/2010 7:02:02 PM , Rating: 2
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Uh, you never had much exposure to the Chevette, have you?
My mistake, I was generalizing.


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