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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…)

Automotive Fuel Economy on the Rebound

Improvement comes despite rise in SUV, crossover sales.

by on Jun.03, 2016

The rising sales of SUVs and crossovers hasn't hindered the recent improvement in nation's average fuel economy.

With the marketshare of truck and utility vehicles fast approaching 60% and gasoline prices at their lowest level in a decade, the fuel economy of the vehicles American drive is still improving, according to a new survey by the University of Michigan.

The average fuel economy or window-sticker value of new vehicles sold in the U.S. in May 2016 was 25.4 mpg—up 0.2 mpg from the value for April 2016, the UM’s Transportation Research Institute reported.

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“This improvement likely reflects the increased price of gasoline in May, and the consequent increased interest in more fuel-efficient vehicles by buyers of all vehicle classes,” Michael Sivak, UM researcher, noted.  (more…)

Fuel Economy Gains Grind to a Halt in October

Average fuel economy remains unchanged after drop from August rating.

by on Nov.12, 2014

The popularity of new trucks, like the Silverado, due to lower gas prices kept the average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in October stagnant.

The layoff of more than 500 workers at two General Motors plants in Michigan highlights a big shift in demand, American motorists walking past the high-mileage small cars that topped the sales charts last year in favor of big, fuel thirsty pickups, SUVs and crossovers.

So, it may come as a surprise that the fuel economy of the typical vehicle sold in the U.S. last month didn’t take a big tumble, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), and ran only slightly below the record levels set earlier in the year.

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“The unchanged average fuel economy is likely a net consequence of two opposing trends—less demand for more fuel-efficient vehicles because of the decreasing price of gasoline, and improved fuel economy of 2015 model year vehicles compared to 2014 model year vehicles,” noted UMTRI researcher Michael Sivak who, with partner Brandon Schoettle, tracks the mileage of new cars, trucks and crossovers on a monthly basis. (more…)

U.S. Fuel Economy Sets Record for 2013

Electrics, hybrids help push toward new high-water mark.

by on Jan.09, 2014

U.S. fuel economy is higher than ever, in part, because of increasing sales of hybrids and electric vehicles.

Despite plunging fuel prices that helped drive a sharp increase in sales of pickup trucks and utility vehicles last year, the fuel economy of the typical new vehicle sold in the U.S. hit an all-time record in 2013.

The average window sticker of new vehicles sold in the U.S. in December was 24.8 mpg – down 0.2 mpg from the revised value in November, but up 4.7 mpg from the value in October 2007, the first month of monitoring by the University of Michigan Transportation Institute.

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The average fuel economy of all vehicles sold during the 2013 calendar year was 24.8 miles per gallon, which was up 1 mile per gallon from the average fuel economy posted for 2012 and 3.9 mpg from 2008, according to the U-M survey. For the 2013 model year, which ended October 1, U-M reports the fuel economy rating for all vehicles is 24.7 mpg, which is the highest level ever. (more…)