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Mazda Leads the Pack for Fuel Efficiency

December 19, 2013

Kevin Sablan, The Orange County Register

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2014 Mazda (file photo)

Dec. 19--The most fuel-efficient new cars and trucks in the United States are made by Mazda, the Japanese car manufacturer with North American headquarters in Irvine, according to the recently released "Trends" report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

For 2012 models, Mazda has the highest fuel economy, with an average of 27.1 miles per gallon. The EPA adjusts data provided by 11 car companies to reflect fuel consumption under "real world" driving conditions. Average fuel consumption among all brands is 23.6 mpg, up 1.2 mpg from the previous year.

The report also ranks automobile brands by carbon dioxide emissions. Mazda takes top honors again, with an adjusted 328 grams per mile for 2012 models. The average for all brands is 376 grams per mile which is 22 less than 2011 models.

Part of Mazda's advantage comes from its product mix, 74 percent of which are cars. That body type, which tends to be more fuel-efficient than SUVs, trucks and vans, accounted for an average of 55 percent of the vehicles in the report.

Most of the industry's carbon and oil savings come from new gas-vehicle technologies, according to the EPA. That's also where Mazda, which offers no electric or hybrid models in the U.S. and has no plans to do so in 2014, made its improvements. "We chose to focus on perfecting the base technology used in more than 90 percent of the cars and SUVs sold today: the internal combustion engine," Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO of Mazda North American Operations, said in a statement.

Korean carmakers Hyundai and Kia are excluded from the rankings because of an ongoing EPA investigation into test data. Hyundai Motor America is headquartered in Costa Mesa and Kia Motors America operates out of Irvine. If Hyundai was inserted into the report using corrected data, its 2012 vehicles would oust Mazda, with an average of 28.3 mpg and 314 grams per mile. If Kia's corrected figures are included, it would rank third, with an average of 26.5 mpg and 336 grams per mile of emissions.

Volkswagen is the only brand that showed a decrease in either fuel economy or carbon dioxide emissions. Honda and Toyota rank second and third in the report, with 26.6 and 25.6 mpg respectively. Chrysler-Fiat comes in last, with 20.1 mpg and 376 grams per mile of emissions. Sixty-five percent of its lineup, which includes Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Fiat, consists of vans and trucks, a larger share than any company in the report.

On the move

Kathy Copeland joined Goodwill of Orange County, a nonprofit in Santa Ana that helps people with disabilities or employment barriers find jobs, as vice president of human services. She was previously a consultant at Good Shepherd Communities.

D-Link, a Fountain Valley maker of computer networking devices, appointed Michael Hardy as vice president of channel and enterprise sales. He previously worked at Waterford Technologies as vice president of sales and business development.

New ventures

OCMBC Inc., a Tustin mortgage lender, launched a wholesale division named LoanStream Wholesale to serve mortgage brokers, real estate agents and builders. The company hired Gil Mariscal as head of capital markets, Cynthia Perry as chief operating officer and James Mowrer as senior vice president of sales overseeing recruiting and platform development.

Johnny Rockets, the hamburger franchise based in Aliso Viejo, introduced a restaurant at the Tanger Outlets National Harbor when the mall recently opened in Maryland. The eatery is the first of three corporate-owned locations the company plans to open through next year. There are nine other Johnny Rockets in the area.

Pure Oil Recovery Inc., a Huntington Beach company that provides oil cleanup, removal and recovery services, entered into a joint venture agreement with W Technologies Inc., a holding company also based in Huntington Beach. The deal includes an investment of an undisclosed amount by W Technologies, which Pure Oil will use to begin serving customers outside the United States.

Interstate Electronics Corp., an Anaheim company that designs and manufactures instrumentation equipment, won a $47.4 million contract to provide engineering services for instrumentation systems that will be used during flight tests of Trident II ballistic missiles. The work is expected to be done by September 2016. If two option years are executed, the contract could be worth up to $177.3 million. The contract was awarded by the Department of the Navy, Strategic Systems Programs Office, in Washington, D.C.

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