Honda, like many of its counterparts in Japan, is a manufacturer known for producing many types of fuel-efficient vehicles. Now, Honda has set a goal of increasing overall fleet fuel economy of its vehicles by 5% by the year 2010.
The 5% figure is lower than what many environmental groups would like to see, which would be annual increases of 4%, coupled with hard targets that manufacturers would have to meet.
The Free Press speculates that it’s possible that Honda is pledging to improve fuel efficiency by the 5% figure in three years so as to deflect the fact that it has said that it opposes moves in Congress to set higher fuel-economy standards for vehicles. On the other hand, in its annual "North American Environmental Report," Honda says that it actually favors tougher fuel-economy regulations by the government. Perhaps it wants tougher regulations on its own terms…something no doubt many car builders would subscribe to.
Honda does, however, trumpet the fact that it is the most fuel-efficient full-line automaker; this is due in part to its refusal to build engines greater than 6 cylinders, which gave it a fuel-economy average of 29.1 mpg in the 2006 model year.