As a federal mandate will require new cars to achieve at least 54.5 miles to the gallon by 2025, automakers are stepping up the ways in which they are saving on fuel.
General Motors recently got a pat on the pack from the National Biodiesel Board for its new 2014 Chevrolet Cruze light-duty diesel passenger car as the vehicle has recently been approved to use 20 percent biodiesel blends (B20).
"We applaud General Motors for its foresight in approving the new diesel Chevy Cruze for use with B20 biodiesel blends," said Steve Howell, technical director for the National Biodiesel Board. "Many people do not realize that today's new technology diesel engines powered by ultra-low sulfur biodiesel blends provide tailpipe emissions as clean or cleaner than natural gas or gasoline, while providing superior fuel economy, horsepower, and durability. In addition, when you combine the increased efficiency diesel engines with the low carbon nature of an Advanced Biofuel like biodiesel, new technology diesel engines are positioned to become the clean - and green - technology of the future, and we're proud to see GM leading the way with its support for B20."
The new Cruze gets an estimated 42 miles to the gallon highway with its clean turbo diesel engine. Chevrolet said that the by using the renewable B20 biodiesel fuels, the Cruze is the cleanest diesel passenger car ever produced by General Motors.
Mazda wins Green Car Technology Award
General Motors is not the only automaker vying for fuel efficiency. Mazda recently received the 2013 Green Car Technology Award by Green Car Journal for its SkyActiv Technology.
The technology was selected among the top 10 technologies in the auto industry that are looking to change the way vehicles perform and reduce CO2 emissions.
"The approach that Mazda is taking by incorporating its full suite of efficient SKYACTIV technologies in its all-new models is important," said Ron Cogan , editor and publisher, Green Car Journal. "Optimizing the entire vehicle, from engine and transmission to chassis, body structure and all the components large and small that make up a modern vehicle is truly paramount. This holistic philosophy epitomizes the ideal in delivering the enabling technologies so important to creating the efficient, fun-to-drive models required for a more environmentally compatible driving future."
Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO of Mazda North America said that it is their goal to increase global fleet fuel economy by 30 percent within the next two years compared to 2008.