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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…)

Feds Set To Raise Truck Mileage Standards

Final Ruling Due Today.

by on Oct.25, 2010

Truck prices will likely go up - but fuel savings could reach $20,000 annually.

While federal authorities continue debating a massive jump in fuel economy standards for passenger cars and light trucks, a big increase in mileage requirements for heavy-duty vehicles is set to be formally announced as early as today.

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation are reportedly set to require increases of anywhere from 10% to 20% in fuel economy, depending on the size of the truck.  The new standards would cover everything from 18-wheelers to school buses, garbage trucks to heavy-duty pickups.

The new rules, which would go into effect in 2014 and extend through 2018, would require a 20% increase in the mileage of the long-haul trucks that handle a huge percentage of America’s freight shipments.

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Such trucks are routinely driven 150,000 miles or more annually, and average between 5 and 8 mpg.  That means the proposed increase might save as much as 6,000 of fuel per long-haul truck – the equivalent of what a dozen automobiles consumer annually.

In all, medium and heavy-duty trucks consume about 20% of the transportation fuel used in the United States.

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Study Suggests Domestics Ignored Fuel Economy

Auto companies underestimated consumers on fuel economy.

by on Jun.22, 2009

General Motors, Chrysler and Ford all have ignored calls for more fuel efficiency at their own peril, according to a new report from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

The report, “Fixing Detroit: How Far, How Fast, How Fuel Efficient?” found that the existing culture within the domestic auto companies has systematically underestimated the value consumers place on fuel economy.

In turn, the decisions to downplay the importance of fuel economy have crippled the profitability of the domestic manufacturers, the authors of the report said Monday.

Walter M. McManus, UMTRI’s director of Automotive Analysis Division, and Rob Kleinbaum, managing director of RAK & Company, said from their own personal experience as General Motors employees, they knew research, clearly showing consumer interest in higher economy, has been ignored or diminished for years.

“The key to a long-term recovery is executing an excellent portfolio of products, and we find that increasing fuel economy standards will lead to a portfolio of products that is more likely to raise the profits of the Detroit 3 automakers than to lower them,” McManus said.

In fact, U.S. carmakers stand to gain more from tougher standards than their Asian competitors, McManus said.

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