General Motors is expected to release the full sales breakdown tomorrow, April 3. But before the final numbers are in, it wanted to disclose the expectation of selling over 100,000 vehicles in the United States that have an EPA-rated 30 mpg highway or better. For GM, a company that still banks on truck and SUV sales, this would be a first.
Three years ago, roughly 16 percent of the vehicles GM sold achieved at least 30 mpg on the highway. Today, that number is about 40 percent. This points to both advancements in engineering and technology, along with the increased demand for fuel efficient vehicles.
While that stat is impressive, it may just be the beginning. As the value of a dollar continues to drop while gasoline prices continue to swell, the need for a fuel efficient vehicle becomes more and more apparent by the day. And by the end of 2012, GM will have launched the all-new 2013 Cadillac ATS with all-new 2.5-liter and 2.0-liter turbo Ecotec engines, the Chevrolet Spark and the non-Eco 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, all of which GM says are expected to achieve EPA estimates of 30 mpg highway or better when the ratings are released later this year.