For the third consecutive year, Mazda was named the most fuel-efficient automaker in the U.S – a title the automaker earned without offering a single hybrid car, let alone battery-electric cars or plug-in hybrids!
In the most recent Light Duty Fuel Economy Trends report, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) named Mazda as its top carmaker for fuel efficiency with the highest fleet-wide adjusted fuel economy performance of 29.4 mpg (9.6L/100 km), and the lowest CO2 emissions of 328, for model year (MY) 2014.
So how did Mazda earn such high fuel economy ratings without using hybrid power? Mazda’s SkyActiv technology has made this level of efficiency possible. SkyActiv is a suite of components and engineering technologies intended to cut vehicle weight and improve engine efficiency for outstanding environmental and safety performance, without sacrificing the brand’s driving pleasure.
“At Mazda, Driving Matters and so does fuel economy,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO, Mazda North American Operations. “Using SkyActiv Technology, Mazda has been able to achieve class-leading fuel efficiency in nearly every segment it competes in. This achievement verifies that Mazda has evolved to offer what others can’t, vehicles that are of high-quality, great looking, fun-to-drive and fuel efficient.”
Mazda’s SkyActiv Technology can be found throughout its vehicle line up including the Mazda3, Mazda6, CX-5 and in the all-new MX-5 and CX-3. The Mazda CX-3 crossover utility vehicle has been rated with an EPA-estimated fuel economy as high as 29 mpg city/35 mpg highway (9.7L/100 km city, 8.1L/100 km highway), which positions CX-3’s fuel economy as class-leading among all 2015 and 2016 subcompact crossover utility vehicles.
Soon, Mazda will debut the all-new Mazda CX-9 that will feature a new 4-cylinder SkyActiv 2.5-litre direct injection turbocharged petrol engine. The CX-9 aims to offer customers a combination of great performance in everyday driving situations and excellent fuel economy.
Below are the rest of the major automakers selling vehicles in America that fall into place behind Mazda. Do note that EPA has left Volkswagen out of this year’s ranking due to the on-going investigation into the company’s ‘Dieselgate’ scandal.
No.1 – Mazda
No.2 – Subaru
No.3 – Hyundai
No.4 – Honda
No.5 – Nissan
No.6 – BMW
No.7 – Kia
No.8 – Toyota
No.9 – Mercedes-Benz
No.10 – Ford
No.11 – General Motors
No.12 – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles