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New Vehicles Getting Less than 20 MPG on Decline

One in four new vehicles average less than 20 mpg in 2014.

by on Feb.27, 2015

Small cars, like the Chevy Sonic, have helped to push the average fuel economy of vehicles to new heights.

As automakers and the federal government head toward a potential clash over the 54.5 mpg corporate average fuel economy mandate for 2025, a recent study shows that automakers are making substantive gains in fuel economy: about one in four new vehicles get less than 20 mpg.

That’s a significant uptick in just six years, according to the University of Michigan, which show that in 2008, half of new-car buyers in the U.S. bought vehicles that were rated at less than 20 mpg.

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The shift is a reflection of several factors that helped push the industry into building and American consumers into buying more fuel-efficient vehicles. The rising price of gasoline, which jumped in wake of a series of hurricanes in fall of 2005, beginning with Hurricane Katrina that swept through the Gulf of Mexico and disrupted the production of gasoline and diesel fuel, set helped renew interest in fuel economy. (more…)

Rising Sales Matched by Rising Fuel Economy in May

Sales hit 16.8 million rate while fuel economy improves too.

by on Jun.09, 2014

Ford's F-150, along with other full size trucks, have had banner sales in May and improved gas mileage.

Despite brisk sales of trucks and utility vehicles, the fuel economy of new vehicles purchased by American cars sales continued to climb in May when the seasonally adjusted annual rate of sales reach 16.77 million units, according to a new study by the University of Michigan.

The average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the U.S. in May was 25.6 mpg — up 0.4 mpg from the value for April. Gasoline prices have been relatively stable during the last year – averaging around $3.64 per gallon – but are still relatively high by historical standards, according to

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Figures from Gas Buddy show that gasoline prices vary from state to state. The highest prices are currently found in California where prices have once again topped $4 per gallon. The price of diesel fuel is also relatively stable across the United States. Diesel fuel is about 30 cents more per gallon in most places around the United States, except in California where it is only 10 cents per gallon higher, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reports.  (more…)

New Vehicle Fuel Economy Reaches All-Time High

Improved mileage on all vehicles pushes numbers to new record.

by on Sep.13, 2013

Fuel economy is at an all-time high partially due to the fact that full-size trucks and SUVs are getting better gas mileage than ever.

With retail sales of new vehicles by traditional fuel economy leaders, such as Toyota and Honda, on the upswing, the fuel-economy of new vehicles sold in the U.S. reached an all-time high in August, a new report from the University of Michigan Transportation Institute (UMTRI) indicates.

Average fuel economy (window-sticker values) of cars, light trucks, vans and sport utility vehicles purchased in August was 24.9 mpg – up 0.1 mpg from July, according to UMTRI researchers Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle.

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Overall, gas mileage is up 4.8 mpg since October 2007 when UMTRI began keeping track of fuel-economy numbers. (more…)