• Nov 20, 2011
What's the most fuel-efficient vehicle sold in the United States? Well, for 2012 it's the Mitsubishi i, at least according to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy.

The federal agencies have issued the latest edition of their Fuel Economy Guide, and Mitsubishi's subcompact electric leads all vehicles with a combined rating of 112 miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent. The Nissan Leaf is second at 99 MPGe, the Ford Transit Connect Electric is third at 62, and the Chevrolet Volt ranks fourth at 60 MPGe.

Of course, they're all electric vehicles (well, in the case of the Volt, a part-time EV), which is why their mileage numbers are listed as MPGe. The highest-rated vehicle powered by a conventional internal combustion engine continues to be the Toyota Prius, at 50 miles per gallon combined.

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2012 Mitsubishi i Ranked #1 Fuel Economy Leader in the EPA's Annual Fuel Economy Guide

CYPRESS, Calif., Nov. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA), is proud to announce that the company's innovative and fun-to-drive 2012 Mitsubishi i electric vehicle has scored first-place honors on the EPA's list of "Fuel Economy Leaders: 2012 Model Year" in the governmental agency's annual Fuel Economy Guide thanks to its astonishing EPA-rated 112 combined/126 city/99 highway MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent).

According to the EPA's website, the Fuel Economy Guide is "an annual publication containing the fuel economy estimates for all cars and light trucks. The guide includes much more information that appears on the window sticker alone. It includes information about alternative fueled vehicles, the range of fuel economy for different classes of vehicles, a list of fuel economy leaders, and tips for improving fuel economy."

The annual Fuel Economy Guide is published jointly by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE).

"We are very pleased to see that the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy have rated the 2012 Mitsubishi i as the top fuel economy leader in its annual Fuel Economy Guide," said Yoichi Yokozawa, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA). "With 17,000 i-MiEV-based units* produced for various international markets, we look forward to providing North American consumers with an exceptionally well-engineered electric vehicle that has proven itself to be reliable, safe, efficient and very affordable in overall price and cost of operation."

* As of October 2011. Figure includes units produced for PSA Peugeot Citroen.

About Mitsubishi Motors Corporation

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA) is responsible for all manufacturing, finance, sales, marketing, research and development operations for Mitsubishi Motors in the United States. MMNA sells coupes, convertibles, sedans and sport utility vehicles through a network of approximately 400 dealers. In November of 2011, MMNA will launch the battery-powered electric vehicle Mitsubishi i as part of a corporate mission to offer consumers more environmentally responsible modes of transportation. This battery-powered electric vehicle technology addresses the need for vehicles that produce zero tailpipe emissions and support a growing agenda for sustainability. For more information, contact the Mitsubishi Motors News Bureau at (888) 560-6672 or visit media.mitsubishicars.com.


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      Zoom
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like Mitsubishi's ads touting it's Normal, Illinois roots and the images of the i driving around Normal. Very clever and memorable.
      WillieD
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm surprised a go kart with a body got the best efficiency...
      Xedicon
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm sorry but it drives me nuts that people don't consider the Volt a hybrid. Can the engine directly drive the wheels? Yes, thus hybrid. It's a very efficient hybrid, but a hybrid none the less. So three questions - Price, range, recharge time?
        Tommy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Xedicon
        It cannot solely drive the wheels directly so just calling it a 'hybrid'night doesn't do it justice, since it's a combination of an EV, series electric hybrid, and parallel hybrid. The best definition of all that together would be a range extended EV
        axiomatik
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Xedicon
        While the hybrid moniker is technically correct, the public's understanding of hybrid doesn't accurately describe how the vehicle actually operates. After a decade on the market, the public has come to understand a hybrid as a gas car with a supplementary electric motor. Does that accurately describe the Volt's operation? No. The technical definition isn't what's important, it is the definition as understood by consumers that is important.
        Tommy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Xedicon
        *calling it a 'hybrid' doesn't*
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Xedicon
        • 3 Years Ago
        The problem with your arguement is that a 93 model year vehcile had to meet much less stringent safty standards than a 2012 does, and all that safety equals a lot of weight. There's also a LOT less electrical whiz bang in ANY 93 vs 2012, and wire is very heavy. A wiring hardness for a current typical sedan can easily weigh 300lbs. It's not a question of not making advancements in economy, it just wasn't the big priority for a while. Safety and utility were top picks through the 90s and early 2000s, that's why big sedans and SUVs exploded on the market and economy cars sucked balls during that time. Still, good economy is good economy no matter how you get it, and your route is certainly one way to get there.
        chasegarcia
        • 3 Years Ago
        We got HUMMER'S in America......I ain't driving a Geo Metro.
          axiomatik
          • 3 Years Ago
          @chasegarcia
          They are still on the road though.
        untitledfolder
        • 3 Years Ago
        Your geo metro is a death trap in a crash. Also, it doesn't have any of the features new car buyers demand. This is why it does not compare and is your point is a non-sequitur. There are many safe, eco-friendly, and efficient ways of recycling used batteries - and I'm not even a hybrid advocate. I just know that engineers, researchers, etc. know better than a dude with a metro.
      Zba
      • 3 Years Ago
      The only way the car of the future (electric or otherwise powered) will succeed is if the car LOOKS futuristic. Examples being the BMW i8 and the funky two door Prius in the T.V. spots that I can't seem to find any information on. Those cars are visually stimulating exciting and make me want I hybrid. This car literally looks like a concept car from the early 90's. Either that or a Gem cart.
      to your email L
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like a Tata Nano -ripoff styling
      Sukairain
      • 3 Years Ago
      Add pointy ears to make a bunny (ok Pikachu) : )
      Justin
      • 3 Years Ago
      So the Tata Nano DID make it to the US...
      redgpgtp97
      • 3 Years Ago
      If cars of the future look like this, I'd rather walk....
      • 3 Years Ago
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        axiomatik
        • 3 Years Ago
        They aren't yet available according to this post: http://www.autoblog.com/2011/10/26/2012-mitsubishi-i-first-drive-review/ "The first deliveries will happen in four rollout states – California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii – in early 2012."
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