- The Washington Times - Friday, November 21, 2008

Hyundai Motor Co., South Korea’s largest automaker, said it intends to overtake rivals Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. in fuel efficiency, an area its Japanese competitors dominate.

The company, third in the Environmental Protection Agency’s current fuel economy rankings, aims to lift the combined average for its cars and light trucks to 35 miles per gallon by 2015 from 28.6 mpg now, Chris Hosford, vice president for U.S. corporate affairs, said at the Los Angeles Auto Show Wednesday.

“Hyundai aims to be the most fuel-efficient automaker on the planet,” said John Krafcik, U.S. vice president of product development and strategic planning, speaking at the show.

Toyota currently leads the EPA rankings with a fleetwide average of 29 mpg, followed by Honda at 28.7 mpg, Hyundai said.

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