16th October 2014
US Environmental Protection Agency Report Finds Mazda Has Highest Manufacturer Adjusted Fuel Economy in US for Second Year Running
Mazda’s vehicles are again the most fuel efficient in the US according to an annual report by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Light Duty Fuel Economy Trends Report,*1 released by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on October 8, 2014, lists the company as having the highest overall Manufacturer Adjusted Fuel Economy for the 2013 model year.*2 Mazda receives the first place ranking for the second year in a row.
Mazda Motor Corporation is continuing to make significant advances in its quest to reduce fuel consumption of Mazda vehicles sold globally by an average of 30 per cent by 2015.
This commitment was made back in 2008 and one that Andrew Clearwater, Managing Director of Mazda New Zealand says was not marketing platitude but has been a core focus of the entire corporation ever since.
The EPA’s Fuel Economy Trends Report summarises fuel economy trends of vehicles sold in the USA on a model year basis, and ranks automakers by Manufacturer Adjusted Fuel Economy. Mazda’s overall average fuel economy was 28.1 miles per gallon (8.4l/100km), improved 1.0 mpg over the previous year.
“While these results pertain to tests in the USA, the exceptional fuel figures and class-leading emissions of our new Mazda vehicles are shared by us all globally. It is a very promising sign of things ahead, Kiwis in particular have been quick to embrace our SKYACTIV technology,” says Clearwater.
Many of the future plans in place when this commitment was made in 2008 have since been realised and each play an integral part in the overall reduction of global fuel consumption.
Most importantly, the SKYACTIV programme which at the time was presented as the enabler for this step change, has now been introduced to the Mazda range. (By 2015, Mazda will have renewed almost its entire powertrain line-up and, from 2011, the continued development and introduction of safe, lightweight, new-generation platforms aims to reduce the weight of its new vehicles by 100kg or more.)
Mazda developed its innovative next-generation SKYACTIV Technologies, including engines, transmissions, body and chassis, with the aim of offering all customers both driving pleasure and outstanding environmental and safety performance.
*1 Fuel Economy Trends Report: An annual report published by the EPA which summarizes the fuel economy trends of new passenger vehicles and light trucks since 1975. https://www.epa.gov/otaq/fetrends.htm
*2 Manufacturer Adjusted Fuel Economy: The average fuel economy of all vehicles sold by a manufacturer over a one year period. In the Fuel Economy Trends Report, the EPA uses adjusted combined city and highway fuel economy figures for each model by model year, and the average is weighted for sales volume.