WardsAuto reports that in 2011, the Hyundai brand achieved 36 mpg average fuel economy across its models, which places the Korean automaker four years ahead of the government-mandated corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standard deadline set for 2016. Despite this achievement, there are some who have contested the EPA’s estimates, having filed a petition for a re-test of the 40-highway-mpg Elantra. But John Krafcik, CEO of Hyundai America, says stands behind the Elantra’s mpg rating, saying real-world fuel economy is achievable.
In an interview at the Detroit auto show, Krafcik told WardsAuto that the EPA’s estimated fuel economy is achievable in the real world, despite what some owners claim. As we previously reported, advocacy group Consumer Watchdog last month petitioned the EPA for a re-test of the Hyundai Elantra after buyers complained they weren’t getting the claimed fuel economy of 29 /40 mpg city/highway.
Krafcik says Hyundai’s not sure who the vocal people are, but cites a J.D. Power survey of 2011 car buyers, which reportedly shows the Elantra gets better real-world fuel economy than any other competitor, as evidence that the ratings are achievable.
In response to the concerns, Hyundai is reaching out to unsatisfied Elantra owners through its dealers to better understand their driving habits, and help them achieve better fuel efficiency.
“Typically, what we find is these are urban drivers who have a lot of time, much more time than they realize, just sitting and idling at a stop sign,” said Krafcik. “When we show them that’s much more severe than the EPA city-cycle, and that here are some tips on how you can drive the car, the light bulb goes off.”
Source: Wards Auto