Never satisfied, Hyundai has announced that they will meet the 50 mpg mark as an average on their entire lineup of vehicles offered in the United States. This commitment won’t come over night, but Hyudnai believes that the goal is reachable by 2025 and has thus pledged to hit 50 miles per gallon. Keep in mind this is a model wide average, so we may see some ultra high efficiency models put out by Hyundai some time soon.
“Getting to 50 mpg and beyond seems like a huge leap, but by making this commitment and aligning our research and development initiatives now, we know we can get there,” John Krafcik, Hyundai Motor America president, said in a statement issued by Hyundai.
To achieve high mpg averages, Hyundai intends to capitalize on existing technologies and developing these efficient motors further. In the press release, Hyundai felt that new technology was not required to hit the 50 mpg goal, rather just a refinement and improvement upon existing motors. Even as far away as 2025, Hyundai feels that 75%-80% of transportation needs will be taken care of by a traditional internal combustion motor.
It should be noted that in 2008 Hyundai was the leader car maker in the US, in terms of mpg averages. Although figures have yet to be released from 2009, Hyundai already reached 30.8 mpg. This gap will easily be closed by a previous commitment to hit a 35 mpg average by 2015 and then on to the 50 mpg standard by 2025.
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