John Krafcik, Hyundai Motor America president, analyzed the Obama administration proposal that required automakers to deliver an average of 62 mpg by 2025.
He said that the Korean manufacturer can do at least 50 mpg by that date and considered that these numbers are not as scary as they look. Hyundai has already shown two new models that will deliver 40 mpg, the 2011 Sonata Hybrid and the 2011 Elantra, which was unveiled earlier today.
"When we put it in those terms, it seems a heck of a lot more doable," Krafcik said.
For those who don’t know, the 2011 Sonata Hybrid is powered by a fuel-efficient 2.4-liter Theta II engine capable to deliver 169 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 156 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm.
The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and a 30kW (151 lb-ft) electric motor. The car delivers a total output of 209 horsepower at 6,000 rpm, exceeding all mid-size competitors, and 195 lb-ft of torque.
According to Hyundai the car is capable to deliver a highway fuel economy of 39 mpg. Regarding the 2011 Elantra, the car is powered by an 1.8-liter engine delivering 148 hp and 131 pound-feet of torque.
This model achieves 29 mph in city driving and 40 mpg on the highway, but using the formula the Department of Transportation uses to calculate CAFÉ, we’d obtain an average 44 mpg in combined city and highway traffic. [via Free Press]