The all-new Kia Niro lead the pack in the Automotive Science Group’s (ASG) 2018 Automotive Performance Index™ (API), demonstrating the advanced capabilities of Hyundai’s new crossover hybrid platform. With an EPA estimated 50 MPG combined (52 city/48 hwy/50 combined), the Niro outperforms competitors in class by an average 24 MPG combined, revealing new capabilities for fuel economy gains and reduced fuel costs in the crossover segment, earning ASG’s Best All-Around Performance Crossover of 2018 Award.
ASG’s all-around performance analysis is a comprehensive data-driven assessment, analyzing economic, environmental and social performance indicators across a vehicle’s life-cycle, and in relative comparison to all 374 crossovers assessed in ASG’s 2018 study.
The Niro also earned a class leading economic performance rating, outperforming all vehicles in its segment, and earning ASG’s 2018 Best Economic Performance Award in class. ASG found the Niro to cost 28% less to purchase and operate in the first 6.5 years of its life-cycle, when compared to the average vehicle in the compact crossover class. The Niro lead notable competitors including the Jeep Renegade with a 7% advantage, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport by 8% and the Nissan Rogue Sport and Subaru Crosstrek by 9% and 11% respectively.
ASG found the 2018 Niro to offer the best value in class, and across its life-cycle.
The Kia Niro leverages an efficient 1.6 liter 4 cylinder engine to deliver unparalleled fuel efficiency in the crossover segment, with hybrid and plug-in hybrid electric powertrain options. In fact, the Niro plug-in, with 26 miles of electric range and an EPA estimated 105 MPG-e, has the smallest carbon footprint of all model year 2018 crossovers, earning ASG’s Best Environmental Performance Award. The Niro’s industry leading fuel economy translates to reduced environmental footprint, increased operational efficiency and reduced life-cycle operating costs.
To this end, the Kia Niro establishes a new benchmark for performance and value, earning ASG’s distinguished honors in 2018.
The BMW i3’s performance in the Automotive Science Group’s (ASG) 2018 Automotive Performance Index™ (API) Study, proves the benefits of BMW’S innovative approach that combines light-weighting strategies with advanced battery electric technologies. The Study found the BMW i3 to hold the smallest carbon footprint of any car in its class, earning ASG’s BEST ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE award in the Mini-Compact segment.
ASG’s environmental performance analysis is a comprehensive data-driven life-cycle assessment, analyzing environmental factors that include raw material extraction and production, vehicle manufacturing and assembly, vehicle distribution, fuel source production and distribution, in addition to tailpipe emissions for internal combustion engines.
ASG develops a life-cycle model for each new vehicle, and assesses vehicle performance in Gross Energy Requirements (GER) and CO2-equivalent emissions, thereby providing a platform for environmental performance comparisons across all technologies available to consumers in North America.
BMW i3 earned the class leading environmental performance rating, outperforming the average car in its segment by producing 38% less CO2-e emissions over the first 6.5 years in its life-cycle. The i3’s all-electric capabilities, with a 114-mile all electric driving range, leverages the increasingly cleaner U.S. power grid as a fuel source to significantly increase the environmental benefits of the battery electric powertrain in 2018, and across future years.
The BMW i3 leverages an efficient electric powertrain to deliver low emission transport in the Mini-Compact segment. The I3’s EPA estimated 118 MPG-equivalent rating (MPG combined) and its effective light-weighting strategy that leverages carbon fiber, gives the i3 a significant weight advantage across the segment, coming in at 358 pounds lighter than the average curb weight in class. Less resources translates to reduced environmental footprint, increased operational efficiency and reduced life-cycle operating costs.View full product details
In ASG'S vehicle class awards, the 2018 Chevrolet Bolt was named a best all-around performer among all cars in the mid and large car segments, earning the BEST 5 ALL-AROUND PERFORMANCE honor. The BEST 5 ALL-AROUND PERFORMANCE honor distinguishes the 5 vehicles in each vehicle segment that achieve the highest combined environmental, social and economic performance ratings in ASG annual Automotive Performance Index (API) Study. View full product details
The all-new Chevrolet Equinox hit a winning chord in the Automotive Science Group’s (ASG) 2018 Automotive Performance Index™ (API), demonstrating the capabilities of Chevrolet’s new crossover platform. With an EPA estimated 32 MPG highway (26 city/32 hwy/28 combined), the Equinox outperforms competitors in class by an average 4 MPG highway, significant fuel economy gains that reduce fuel costs in the crossover segment, earning ASG’s 2018 BEST ALL-AROUND PERFORMANCE Award.
The Equinox earned a class leading all-around performance rating in ASG’s Study, outperforming the average vehicle in its segment by a whopping 19%. The Equinox lead notable competitors including the Ford Escape and Hyundai Tucson with a 6% advantage, and the Kia Sportage and Honda CR-V by 8% and 9% respectively.
ASG found the 2018 Equinox to offer the best all-around performance and value across in class, and across its life-cycle.
The Chevrolet Equinox leverages an efficient 1.5 Liter 4 cylinder turbo engine to deliver fuel efficient transport in the crossover segment, without the need for advanced powertrain components. In fact, the Equinox light weighting strategy gives it an average 17% weight advantage across the segment, coming in at 633 pounds lighter than the average curb weight in class. Less resources translates to reduced environmental footprint, increased operational efficiency and reduced life-cycle operating costs.View full product details
ASG’s annual study found the 2018 Spark to offer the best all-around performance and value in class, earning the distinguished BEST ALL-AROUND PERFORMANCE Award. In ASG’s data-driven automotive assessment, the Spark outperformed all 106 (to trim level detail) Mini-Compacts assessed in the study. When assessing all 356 models across all small car segments, the Spark landed a spot in the top 5, earning ASG's BEST 5 ALL-AROUND PERFORMANCE honor.
The Spark was notably the highest rated conventionally powered car in ASG's 2018 study.
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