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National Average Fuel Economy Drops Again

New month, same problem: consumers like trucks.

by on Sep.08, 2017

Consumers preferences for large SUVs continues to take its toll on the national fuel economy average.

The average fuel economy or window-sticker figures of new vehicles sold in the U.S. in August was 25.3 mpg — down 0.1 miles per gallon from July as consumers continued to prefer trucks and utility vehicles over traditional passenger cars, according to the monthly survey by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

The value for August is up 5.2 mpg since October 2007, the first month of UMTRI’s monitoring, but still down 0.2 mpg from the peak of 25.5 mpg reached in August 2014, U-M researchers Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle

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University of Michigan’s separate Eco-Driving Index or EDI, which presents an estimate of the average monthly emissions of greenhouse gases generated by an individual U.S. driver, worsened to 0.83 in June 2017, up from 0.82 in May 2017.  (more…)