Based on the latest data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Hyundai ranks No. 1 in America as the automaker with both the highest overall fuel efficiency and the lowest CO2 emissions. The news comes straight from the EPA 2011 Light-Duty Automotive Technology and Fuel Economy Trends Report, which covers the 2010 model year. (Note: The EPA’s Trends Report is released annually and always covers vehicles from two model years previous to its publication date; thus, for example, 2011 model-year vehicles will be evaluated in the 2012 Trends Report, scheduled to be published in 2013, etc.)
And while Hyundai has been tracking its fleet fuel efficiency for a while now—and routinely boasting of its very impressive results—this is a nice third-party confirmation of how well the company’s push toward greener products is achieving its goals.