Nov 7th, 2007 by jbrown
Now that may sound exciting to some but the 5% figure is actually lower than what many environmental organizations would like to see, which would be annual increases of 4%, coupled with hard targets that manufacturers would have to meet.
Blogs.automotive.com says, “The Free Press speculates that it’s possible that Honda is pledging to improve fuel efficiency by the 5% figure in three years so as to deflect the fact that it has said that it opposes moves in Congress to set higher fuel-economy standards for vehicles. On the other hand, in its annual ‘North American Environmental Report,’ Honda says that it actually favors tougher fuel-economy regulations by the government. Perhaps it wants tougher regulations on its own terms…something no doubt many car builders would subscribe to.”
Honda does though let many know the fact that it is the most fuel-efficient full-line automaker. Because its refusal to build engines greater than 6 cylinders, gives them a fuel-economy average of 29.1 mpg in the 2006 model year.