Hyundai reveals fuel economy trends

July 26, 2011 12:00 AM

Hyundai has been undergoing a renaissance as of late, with popular models like the Sonata selling like hotcakes. The company's CEO, John Krafcik, recently revealed part of the reason that Hyundai's cars are selling so well.

"We really see 40 mpg as a starting point," said Krafcik. "We committed to at least 50 mpg corporate average fuel economy by 2025 and remain the only automaker to set our sights so high. Using a mix of technologies to improve the efficiency of our standard, internal combustion engine vehicles, combined with the smart application of hybrid technology, we believe we are on the right path."

The automaker went on to reveal that in June, 40 percent of Hyundai's total sales came from vehicles with 40 mpgs or better in fuel efficiency. As of now, that only includes the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and the Elantra.

Yet this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the South Korean automaker's plans for fuel-efficient vehicles. By the end of the year, they plan to add two more vehicles into this high-MPG bracket: the 2012 Accent and Veloster. If these cars continue to sell well, Hyundai could soon be drawing more than half of their sales from 40-mpg vehicles. 

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