Auto briefs: Carbon-neutral plant, school repairs, fuel economy

A climate-neutral manufacturing facility, new supplies for a New Jersey school that suffered water damage, and a fuel economy leader were among the items promoted by automakers recently.

  • Volvo says its first climate-neutral manufacturing facility went online at the beginning of the year. On January 1, an engine factory in Skövde, Sweden, switched over to using heat solely produced from renewable energy. The automaker says an agreement with a local provider ensures that the heat for the factory is generated from biomass, waste incineration, and recycled bio-fuels. Volvo aims to have all of its global operations be climate-neutral by 2025.
  • Subaru has helped resupply a New Jersey school that was seriously damaged when a water pipe burst during January's frigid temperatures. The automaker recently announced that it provided classroom supply kits to the Riletta Twyne Cream Family School of Camden when classes resumed on Jan. 17. The kits, provided to all classrooms, included materials such as pencils, paper, crayons, and markers. The automaker says it has already been working closely with the city as well as schools across the United States through its Subaru Camden Works and Subaru Loves Learning initiatives.
  • For the fifth year in a row, Mazda has earned a top fuel economy ranking from the Environmental Protection Agency. The automaker says its 2016 model year lineup had an average manufacturer adjusted fuel economy of 29.6 miles per gallon, up 0.4 miles per gallon from the previous year. Mazda credits its fuel economy rating to technologies such as a range of engines and transmissions as well as its SKYACTIV technology, features designed in part to boost fuel efficiency.


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