EPA Annual Fuel Economy Review: Nissan Retains Top Spot

Nov 04, 2016 05:32 AM EDT | Basira Yakubu

Nissan Group retains top spot for the third consecutive year as the most fuel efficient full-line automaker in the United States, according to the recently released 2016 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) "CO2 and Fuel Economy Trends" in the EPA annual fuel economy review. Nissan's fleet-wide fuel economy rating of 28.3 adjusted combined miles per gallon was highest among all full-line automakers in the annual report, which is the authoritative reference on new light-duty vehicle carbon dioxide emissions, fuel economy and powertrain technology trends in the United States.

Every year the EPA releases its findings on fuel efficiency for automobiles sold in the United States. The EPA report included progress made by automakers since 1975 and also revised figures if EPA efficiency ratings are not met. Nissan group has retained its tops sport for the third year running. According to a report by Nissan News, Nissan is the only automaker among top seven manufacturers on the list to offer a full vehicle lineup, including mid and full-size trucks and SUVs. Nissan sells passenger cars, CUVs, pickup trucks, compact and full-size vans, SUVs, vehicles with V-8 engines, 600-horsepower supercar and a zero-emissions plug-in battery electric vehicle, varieties of products to meet consumer needs across the full spectrum of product segments.

Nissan posted an overall efficiency of 28.3 combined adjusted miles per gallon. Based on the 2015 model-year Nissan and Infiniti vehicles rating, Nissan marks 1.3 of combined adjusted miles per gallon improvement over 2014 model-year Nissan and Infiniti vehicles, the second largest year-over-year gain in the industry. The 28.3 combined adjusted mpg mark moves Nissan up one position on the list this year to the third place spot overall.

It is reported by 4-traders that Michael Bunce, the vice president of Product Planning for Nissan North America, said lots of customers are now asking for options that are fuel-efficient, but the company will continue to include engineering advancements like reduced powertrain friction, improved aerodynamics and using efficient Xtronic transmissions for every new model. "Evolving industry regulations continue to challenge us to provide the safest, most efficient products to our customers, and this distinction reaffirms the exemplary effort our engineers and designers have taken to ensure continuous vehicle improvements and owner satisfaction."

Nissan has employed an engineering light-weight strategy for its new models, so as to reduce their curb weight, whereas, reducing curb weight is a key factor to increasing fleet fuel economy. Next year, Nissan's report will include its redesigned 2016 Maxima and the new 2016 TITAN full-size pickup truck which is expected to boost and improve ratings for future model years, according to 4-traders.

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