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Increase Gas Mileage With Increasing Gas Prices

June 10, 2009

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For the second time this week I noticed that gas prices took another jump up about 20 cents per gallon. More often than I would like to, I find myself pondering when the gas prices will just retain some sort of stability. One night while listening to the news a story about the gas prices caught my attention and put my pondering to ease. The story was about President Barack Obama’s announcement to introduce cleaner and more fuel efficient cars. His plan would require all auto makers to build vehicles that average 35.5 mpg and vehicles carbon dioxide emissions be reduced by one third.  The target date for the President’s plan is to take place by the year 2016. Hyundai is an enthusiastic supporter of the plan and Hyundai President, John Krafcik said, “In September 2008, Hyundai was the first and only company to pledge to meet the new U.S standards early.”  Hyundai announced that they plan to have averaged 35 mpg by 2015 and will use different strategies to reach these goals.  These strategies include blue technologies which are “gasoline-electric hybrid-powered vehicles, gasoline-direct injection engines, high economy small displacement turbocharged power plants, more six-speed transmissions and an eight-speed transmission, improved aerodynamics, advanced materials and a whole host of other engineering advancements,” according to Hyundai’s website. There are ways to increase gas mileage now with just a few simple adjustments to everyday driving. These include keeping your vehicle well maintained, observing and following the speed limit, check that your gas cap is tight and using cruise control. At Key Hyundai of Manchester and Key Hyundai of Milford, we have over 20 2009 Elantras to choose from each getting 39 mpg.

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