|Total 2007 models, models with >30 mpg highway, and percentage of total for the top six automakers. Click to enlarge.|
General Motors used the release of the 2007 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Fuel Economy Guide to point out that it “leads the industry with more vehicles that achieve 30 mpg, on the highway, than any other manufacturer.”
While that is true from the frame of reference of an absolute number of models offered, GM also sells more models than any other automaker—the 2007 Fuel Economy Guide lists 298 separate GM models (including different powertrain options for a given model). Fifty-two of those obtain 30 mpg or better on the highway, or 17.45% of total models offered.
(There are also idiosyncrasies in the guide listings due to model designation or timing. The only 2007 diesel model listed, for example, is the VW Touareg, even though the Mercedes-Benz E320 BLUETEC goes on sale this week. There are also placeholders for the Saturn Aura Hybrid and the Nissan Altima Hybrid in the guide—without fuel economy figures—even though they are not yet on the market.)
However, more than 18% of all models sold in the US (as listed in the EPA Fuel Economy Guide) deliver 30 mpg or better on the highway (193 models out of 1,058). And on the basis of 30+ mpg highway models as a percentage of all models sold, while GM is not the lowest of the top six automakers (that falls to the Chrysler Group), neither is it the leader.
The percentage leadership spot falls to Honda, with 45.5% of its 2007 models offered delivering 30 miles per gallon or better on the highway.
On a percentage basis, GM is third behind Honda and Toyota, but ahead of Ford, Chrysler and Nissan.
|2007 MY Models and Models Offering 30+ MPG Highway*|
|Automaker||Total 2007 models||2007 Models 30+ mpg Highway||% 2007 Models 30+ mpg Highway|
|* As listed in the 2007 EPA Fuel Economy Guide|