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Carmakers Caught in Showdown Between California and DC

A hoped-for compromise seems unlikely.

by on Apr.02, 2018

President Donald Trump's push to roll back CAFE standards may create a dilemma for automakers.

The clash now looming between the federal government and the State of California about fuel-economy standards for new vehicles is raising the possibility automakers one day might have to build two different sets of the same vehicles for various parts of the nation.

Automakers have complained that the Obama administration imposed the current fuel economy standards just before the inauguration of President Donald Trump, saying the standards needed review in light of market forces and the state of current technology.

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Car companies have also said they would like a compromise between Washington D.C. and California. With the EPA set to roll out a new set of proposed standards, compromise is unlikely. (more…)

Drivers Claim Fuel Economy Numbers are Too Low

Study shows owners get better results with personal vehicles.

by on Jun.17, 2015

A recent study shows that consumers don't have much faith in the mileage ratings on new vehicle window stickers.

With the number of times automakers have had to restate the fuel economy figures for new vehicles, it’s no wonder a recent study finds Americans are skeptical about the mileage numbers slapped on the window stickers of new cars and trucks.

However, the reason for skepticism is a bit surprising: a substantial number of buyers doubt the reported numbers because their personal vehicles outperform the figures on the official fuel-economy labels.

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A new AAA survey indicated that a third of Americans do not believe the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new vehicle window sticker accurately reflects the fuel economy they achieve when driving. (more…)

New Vehicle Fuel Economy Rises Despite Strong Sales

EPA mandates motivating makers to improve mileage ratings.

by on Mar.05, 2014

Automakers continue to improve the average fuel economy ratings of vehicles, including full-size pickups like the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel.

While some might think that rising sales of new vehicles would eliminate the incentive for automakers to continue improving the fuel economy of cars and trucks, the ratings of brand new vehicles driven out of showrooms across the United States has continued to increase since the start of the 2014 model year, according to University of Michigan.

The University of Michigan the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) reported the average fuel economy rating of new vehicles sold in the U.S. was at a record-high 25.2 mpg in February.

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It was the fifth straight month the fuel-economy figure has topped 25 mpg, reflecting, in part, the tougher standards mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to U-M researchers. (more…)