Mazda’s efforts in modernizing its fleet and technologies were fruitful: not only has the brand completely changed its lineup in the last few years, but it seems that even the Environmental Protection Agency took notice of their efforts.
A recent report of the environmental agency just named Mazda the most fuel-efficient manufacturer in the United States for the third consecutive year.
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To deserve this award, the EPA takes into account all the vehicles in a manufacturer’s lineup and calculates the average fuel economy; since Mazda doesn’t have a pickup truck or a large SUV, their average is much lower than Chevrolet or Ford, for example.
What’s impressive is that Mazda doesn’t have any hybrid vehicles; their low consumption is made possible by frugal engines and lightweight platforms.
Since the EPA is based in the U.S., they calculate fuel consumption in miles per gallon: Mazda managed to get a score of 29.4 mpg, which roughly equates to 8 litres per 100 km.
It will be interesting to see how this average will shift in the coming years: many manufacturers are launching hybrid vehicles, while Mazda is on the verge of launching its new CX-9 equipped with a turbocharged 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine.