Nissan Named Most Fuel Efficient Full-Line Automaker
The 2014 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “Trends” Report names Nissan as the most fuel efficient full-line automaker in the US thanks to an average fuel economy rating of 26.2 mpg combined. So how would the EPA then repay Nissan for being frontrunners for efficiency? By doing exactly what is expected of a government agency: making a really silly mistake and unabashedly flaunting it in public where everyone can see without an ounce of shame/self-awareness.
Indeed, Nissan (and not Mazda) was named the most fuel efficient full-line automaker in a year where the EPA reported an all-time high industry-wide average of 24.1 mpg. The ratings are based on 2013 model year vehicles, and Nissan and Infiniti vehicles managed an impressive 2.1 combined mpg gain over output from vehicles from the 2013 model year.
“Reaching this point is a direct result of a dedicated company-wide effort to scrutinize every aspect of each new model to extract the most fuel efficiency possible,” said Pierre Loing, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America. “Our engineers and designers have worked hard to get us here, and we look to continuously improve fuel efficiency of our models to face the challenges of future regulations while surpassing customer expectations.”
An average 26.2 combined mpg for Nissan vehicles makes the brand 4.4 percent more efficient than second-place Toyota, whose 2013 model year vehicles average 25.1 combined mpg and actually lost half a combined mpg from 2012.
No other brand in the top five gained any more than 0.8 combined mpg from 2012. Ford was third with 22.2 combined mpg (-0.6 combined mpg), GM was fourth with 22.0 combined mpg (+0.3 combined mpg), and Fiat-Chrysler was fifth with 20.9 combined mpg (+0.8 combined mpg).
Nissan expects that its numbers will only continue to improve in next year’s EPA Trends Report, thanks to the inclusion of the 2014 Rogue and its 28 combined mpg. Preliminary reports have Nissan’s figures increasing by 0.6 percent, keeping the automaker a full combined mile per gallon ahead of Toyota.
News Source: 2014 EPA Trends Report (.pdf)