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Average New Car Fuel Economy Improves in April

The slight uptick marks second consecutive of gains.

by on May.09, 2017

Smaller crossovers and SUVS, like the Toyota RAV4, are helping to improve the overall fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the U.S.

Despite the continuing increases in truck and sport utility vehicle sales, the fuel economy of new vehicles sold during March and April improved, according to the monthly survey by the University of Michigan Transportation Institute.

UMTRI researchers Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle reported the average fuel economy or window-sticker value of new vehicles sold in the U.S. in April was 25.3 miles per gallon —an 0.1 mpg improvement from the value for March.

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The small increase last month basically matched the gain in the average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the U.S. in March, which was 25.2 mpg — 0.1 mpg from the value for February. (more…)

Costs of Tougher Fuel Economy Standards Inflated

Report says tougher standard won't cost as much as expected.

by on Mar.22, 2017

A new report shows that the cost of technology that improves fuel economy and emissions is less than predicted by regulators.

A new study by the International Council on Clean Transportation, which reviewed the history of clean air regulations in the United States, the European Union and China, found that regulators have routinely inflated the costs of automotive technology that would benefit the environment.

Last week, the Trump administration announced that it will reopen the review of national fuel-economy standards for model years 2022-25. The report comes as the California Air Resources Board will make a decision, based on its own technical assessment, whether states representing 113 million people will stick with the current program.

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Automakers and other supporters of delaying the 2022-25 standards express concern about the cost associated with achieving tougher fuel economy and emissions standards and the impact on their bottom lines. (more…)

Hyundai and Kia Pay $41 Mil to Settle Mileage Case

Korean makers overstated mileage by up to 6 mpg.

by on Oct.28, 2016

Kia overstated the mileage of its Soul by 6 mpg, according to the EPA.

Four years after the two automakers admitted overstating the fuel economy of many of their models by up to 6 mpg, Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motor Corp. will pay $41.2 million to resolve an investigation by 33 state attorneys general.

That’s on top of $350 million the two Korean carmakers paid as part of a settlement with federal regulators two years ago, and millions more in compensation and settlements paid to vehicle owners.

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While the maker made no admission of violating any laws, the latest settlement “recognizes that fuel economy is a consideration in many car-buying decisions, and (Hyundai) remains committed to being responsive to customer concerns about our revised fuel economy ratings,” said David Zuchowski of the company’s U.S. operations. (more…)

Will Fuel Economy Rules Cost 1.1 mil Jobs – or Save Consumers Billions?

Debate continues as EPA moves forward with mid-term CAFE Review.

by on Sep.22, 2016

Sean McAlinden, lead author of a new study from the Center for Automotive Research, believes the current 2025 CAFE target will harm the auto industry.

If you think the presidential debate has kicked off some angry debate, that’s nothing compared to the furor generated by the mid-term review of the tough Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE, standards set to phase in between now and 2025.

In fact, some players will get their chance today to express their frustrations – or support – about the looming new standards during the House Energy and Commerce committees midterm review hearing. According to one study, hitting the 54.5 mile per gallon target would cost the country 1.1 million automotive jobs and saddle consumers with significantly higher costs for new vehicles. CAFE proponents, however, dismiss such claims as alarmist and conclude that, if anything, more jobs will be generated while consumers could save billions of dollars on fuel costs.

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Who is right? Federal regulators have so far been leaning towards maintaining the targets announced during the first term of the Obama Administration. But it is a definite possibility that the next president could wind up having the final say. (more…)

Americans Favor Tougher Fuel Economy Standards

New poll shows 79% favor tougher regulations for automakers.

by on Aug.05, 2016

President Barack Obama toughened fuel economy standards in 2012 to their current federally mandated level of 54.5 mpg by 2025.

A new poll by the Natural Resources Defense Council indicates that more than three quarters of Americans believe the federal government should raise fuel economy standards for automakers.

Arguments over the fuel economy standards have raged ever since the Arab Oil Embargo of 1973, but the debate has taken on a sharper edge this year since Environmental Protection Agency is required to conduct a review of the current goal of 54.5 mpg by 2025.

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Federal regulators said U.S. automakers will likely miss the goal, which was established by President Barack Obama’s administration in 2012. The administration raised the goal from 27.5 mpg to the current standard of 54.5 mpg during its eight years in office. (more…)

U.S. Regulators Open Door to Rolling Back Aggressive CAFE Mileage Standards

Initial report says cheap fuel has shifted consumer buying patterns.

by on Jul.18, 2016

Sales of trucks are on the rise to due cheap gas prices, which may impact future fuel economy mandates.

Federal regulators have opened the door to rolling back the aggressive fuel economy standards set to go into effect by 2025, acknowledging that cheap gas has drastically shifted the type of vehicles that American motorists are buying.

The new report indicates a target of somewhere between 50 and 52.6 miles per gallon is more realistic than the original, 54.5 mpg goal, according to the new study. The first step in what will likely be a two-year “mid-term” review of the Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE, standards, the study was jointly produced by the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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“Compliance isn’t based on what we build, but what consumers buy,” said Gloria Begquist, vice president of the Automotive Alliance, an industry trade group based in Washington, D.C. As things now stand, she stressed, “It’s going to be very difficult” to meet the original target. (more…)

Surging Truck Sales Hurting National Fuel Economy Average

Fuel economy average drops 0.1 mpg to 25.3 mpg.

by on Jul.06, 2016

Rising truck sales are hurting the national fuel economy average, which dropped to 25.3 mpg in June.

The ongoing surge in trucks sales is cutting into the improvements in fuel economy, according to a new report from the University of Michigan.

The average fuel economy or window-sticker value of new vehicles sold in the U.S. in June 2016 was 25.3 mpg—down 0.1 mpg from the value for May 2016, the University of Michigan reported.

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This decline likely reflects the increased market share of pickup trucks and SUVs. Fuel economy is down 0.5 mpg from the peak reached in August 2014, but still up 5.2 mpg since October 2007, U-M said. (more…)

Low Gas Prices Cutting Fuel Economy Gains

Crossover, pickup and SUV sales continue gaining momentum.

by on Sep.11, 2015

The growing popularity of crossovers, like the Chevy Traverse, is helping to drive down the average fuel economy of new vehicles in the U.S.

With gasoline prices sliding toward $2 per gallon and the oil glut showing no signs of abating, the average fuel economy of new vehicles purchased in the U.S. declined in August.

Sales of crossover vehicles and pickup trucks remain strong as a result of the pricing, and that appears to be the reason for the dip in the overall gas mileage rating of new vehicles sold in the U.S. slightly last month, according to researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

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Continued expansion of the offerings within the crossover utility and pickup truck segments are helping to sustain the strong demand trend, added Christopher Hopson, IHS director of light vehicle forecasting. (more…)

New Vehicle Fuel Economy Slides in June

Rising sales of large vehicles cuts fuel efficiency average.

by on Jul.07, 2015

New vehicle buyers are favoring trucks and utility vehicles, which is cutting the average fuel economy rating for new vehicles.

Courtesy of low gas prices, U.S. consumers continue to plunk down cash for trucks and utility vehicles in increasing numbers over more fuel efficient small cars, and in the process, drive down the average fuel economy of vehicles in this country.

The gas mileage rating of new vehicles purchased by American consumers slipped last month, according to researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). The average fuel economy printed on the window stickers of cars, light trucks, vans and SUVs purchased in June was 25.4 mpg, down from 25.5 mpg in May, the U-M researchers said.

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“The decline likely reflects the increased sales of light trucks and SUVs in June,” according to Michael Sivak, a research professor at UMTRI. (more…)

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…)