GM Goes Greener: 8 Vehicles with 40 MPG by 2017

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General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM) has effectively proven its commitment to improved fuel economy and reduced emissions, evidenced by its latest sustainability report. Erecting lofty goals and vowing to cut energy use, it is evident that the U.S. automaker is serious about its responsibility to the environment.

According to The Detroit News, GM first started publishing sustainability reports in January 2012, when it pledged to reduce waste, energy, carbon, and water use at manufacturing sites and increase the number of landfill-free facilities by 2020. The car manufacturer has shown promising progress, boosting its use of solar, landfill gas, and biomass energy, and posting gains in seven other areas.

GM is ready to keep moving in the right direction. The company released its latest sustainability report Thursday, which detailed the company’s goals to manufacture eight U.S. vehicles achieving 40 miles per gallon on the highway by 2017, cut CO2 emissions by 15 percent from those produced in 2011 vehicles by 2016, and follow the same pattern in Europe, cutting Opel-Vauxhall carbon dioxide emissions 27 percent by 2020.