Mazda has the most fuel-efficient model line-up on U.S. roads for the fifth consecutive year, according to the annual Light Duty Fuel Economy Trends report published last week by that country’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The average manufacturer adjusted fuel economy of Mazda models sold in the U.S. during the 2016 model year was 29.6 miles per gallon (7.9l/100km) for the combined cycle, a 0.4mpg improvement over the previous year. At 301g/mi (187g/km), Mazda also recorded the lowest average CO2 emissions of any carmaker. The overall U.S. market averages were 24.7mpg (9.5/100km) and 359g/mi (223g/km) CO2. The EPA uses its adjusted figures, which are considered too closely reflect real-world values, for each vehicle sold during the model year and calculates the averages based on sales volumes.

Deployed throughout Mazda’s model line-up, the SKYACTIV Technology range of lightweight engines, transmissions, chassis and car bodies has been a key factor to the company leading the EPA’s list for the last five years. This achievement reflects in particular the carmaker’s efforts to optimise internal combustion in the name of real-world performance and fuel economy.

Mazda and Toyota select Alabama as site of their new manufacturing plant

he automakers have selected Huntsville, Alabama as the site of their new joint-venture manufacturing plant. The new plant will have the capacity to build 300,000 vehicles annually, with production split evenly between two lines for each company to produce Mazda’s crossover model that will be newly introduced to the North American market and the Toyota Corolla.

The joint venture represents a $1.6 billion investment that Mazda and Toyota plan to make with equal funding contributions. The site for the new plant is in Huntsville, located approximately 14 miles from Toyota’s Alabama plant (Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Alabama, Inc.). The facility is expected to create up to 4,000 jobs. Production is expected to begin by 2021.

For Mazda, the plant comes on line in a significant year that will mark the start of the company’s second century of operation and second half-century of sales in the U.S. The automaker is enhancing its commitment to the U.S. market and will focus efforts on manufacturing and increasing sales in the country.

For Toyota, this joint-venture plant will be its 11th U.S. manufacturing facility and represents its continued commitment in the U.S., in addition to the $10 billion dollar investment over the next 5 years that was announced in January 2017.