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Old 11-21-2008, 08:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Last 3: 70.09 mpg (US)

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90 day: 53.56 mpg (US)

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90 day: 61.98 mpg (US)

Fancy Metro - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage top spec
90 day: 58.72 mpg (US)

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Hyundai to offer "high-mileage versions" of Elantra/Accent in 2009

I've always wondered when one of the Korean companies would decide it's time to eat Honda's/Toyota's lunch when it comes to class leading efficiency in the North American B & C segments.

Toyota & Honda have painted themselves into a corner with their hybrid strategies: ie. they can't offer really efficient versions of their regular small cars without cannibalizing sales of (or at least stealing the mileage spotlight from) their more expensive and presumably more profitable hybrids.

Hyundai doesn't currently offer a hybrid, though they're reportedly planning one for 2010, a year after the debut of the "high mileage" smaller cars.

No details on the specs of the Elantra/Accent.
Hyundai Plans to Snatch Fuel-Efficiency Crown

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The automaker also stated its aim to achieve a fleet fuel efficiency average in the U.S. of 35 miles per gallon by 2015, five years ahead of government requirements.
Source: Hyundai Plans to Snatch Fuel-Efficiency Crown - International Business Times -

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