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Fuel Economy Levels Drop in December

The rising numbers of truck and utility vehicle sales keeps tipping scales.

by on Jan.11, 2018

Strong SUV sales, like the Chevy Traverse, are helping to drive down the average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the U.S.

The average fuel economy or window-sticker numbers for new vehicles sold in the U.S. in the U.S. in December slipped, dropping by 0.2 miles per gallon to 25.0 mpg from the revised value for November, according to numbers compiled by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

The drop reflected the rising proportion of light trucks versus passenger cars sold to consumers in the United States. The rise in sales of trucks and sport utility vehicles was offset somewhat by the increasing sales of battery electric and hybrid vehicles.

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Overall, the average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in 2017 was 25.2 mpg, unchanged from 2016, according to UMTRI’s figures. (more…)