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Fuel Prices Nudging Up Again…So is Mileage

Are consumers fickle about fuel costs?

by on Aug.06, 2012

After a slight spring decline, sales of high-mileage models like the Chevrolet Malibu Eco seem to be regaining momentum.

There seems to be an almost direct correlation between fuel prices and fuel economy, at least in terms of the mileage of the vehicle the average American motorist has been purchasing this year.  And with fuel prices once again starting to rise after unexpectedly tumbling for several months that means fuel economy is heading up, as well.

After a three-month drop, fuel economy of all new vehicles sold in the United States leveled off in July, according researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.   Mileage hit an all-time record in April as U.S. fuel prices started racing towards record levels, as well.

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For July, unadjusted Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE, performance was 29 mpg, the same as in June and an increase of 17%, or 4.3 miles per gallon, since October 2007.


California, Federal Regulators Agree to a Single Mileage Standard

Final decision expected by September 1.

by on Jan.26, 2011

A formal proposal for the 2025 CAFE standard is expected by September 1.

Facing the prospect of opposition from the new, Republican-controlled House of Representatives, federal regulators recently announced a delay in setting out proposed new fuel economy standards – which many have expected to push as high as 62 mpg by 2025.

But at least one challenge to raising the numbers appears to have been overcome.  The Department of Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency – and the State of California – have all agreed they will speak with one voice, rather than releasing their own proposals and then trying to work out a very public compromise.

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Whatever the number, the government agencies involved in updating the Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE, standard plan to make their unified announcement by September 1.

“By working together with EPA and the California Air Resources Board to develop standards for the next generation of clean cars, we can set a standard that works for automakers across the country,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.


“Historic” Change in Fuel Economy, CO2 Standards

White House insiders provide close look at tough new CAFE rules President to announce Tuesday.

by on May.18, 2009

But what's the mileage on that thing?  President Barack Obama is set to announce a big jump in fuel economy, on Tuesday, White House sources saying the average 2016 vehicle will get at least 35.5 mpg.

But what's the mileage on that thing? President Obama is set to announce a big jump in fuel economy on Tuesday. White House sources say the average 2016 vehicle will get at least 35.5 mpg.

A senior White House insider Monday evening provided a detailed preview of the “historic” new fuel economy standards President Barack Obama will formally announce on Tuesday.  The Administration will require an industry-average 35.5 miles per gallon, by 2016, though light trucks will continue to get a break under the toughened rules, when compared to passenger cars.

The revisions to the Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE, standards can be seen as something of a breakthrough, said the source, asking not to be identified by name.  Not only have two key government agencies – the EPA and the Department of Transportation – agreed to work together on its implementation, but the new rules have received the approval of both the auto industry and regulators in California. (more…)