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Fuel Economy Ratings Still Drive New Car Purchases

Bigger vehicles with improved mileage means better sales.

by on Jun.20, 2017

The fuel economy of the Toyota RAV4 has risen by 10 mpg in five years. Sales have jumped by 166% during that time.

Improvements in fuel economy have helped manufacturers gain a competitive edge in selling pickups, crossovers and sport utility vehicles, according to the authors of The Car Book.

A new analysis from the Consumer Federation of America indicates SUVs, pickups and crossovers that improved fuel economy ratings by at least 10% between 2011 to 2016, saw a 59% increase in sales.

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On the other hand, vehicles in the same segment that lagged behind in fuel economy with less than a 10% increase in miles per gallon from during the same period experienced a 41% increase in sales, almost 20 points less. (more…)

Nation’s Fuel Economy Average Continues to Decline

Consumers keep buying trucks, SUVs that are less efficient.

by on Oct.07, 2016

As people continue to buy more trucks and crossovers, the national fuel economy average continues to decline.

Fuel economy is dropping as American buyers continue to buy in accordance with their purchasing preferences: trucks and sport-utes, according to information collected monthly by the University of Michigan.

The average fuel economy or window-sticker value of new vehicles sold in the United States in September was 25.2 miles per gallon — down 0.1 mpg from the value for August, the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute said in a new report.

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Michael Sivak, director, Sustainable Worldwide Transportation, and Brandon Schoettle
project manager for Sustainable Worldwide Transportation at the Institute, said the decline in September likely reflects the increased proportion of light trucks among the vehicles sold. (more…)

Buyers Continue Purchasing New Vehicles with Lower Fuel Efficiency

Fuel economy average drops again in September.

by on Oct.08, 2015

As sales of full-size trucks, like the F-150, continue to tick upwards, fuel efficiency averages for new vehicles slides downward.

As the sales of trucks and utility vehicles continue to surge, the fuel-economy of new vehicles sold in the U.S. continues to drop, according to a monthly study by the University of Michigan.

In fact researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute found the fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the U.S. as rated by the federal Environmental Protection Agency fell for the second month in a row. The average fuel economy, or window-sticker values, of cars, light trucks, vans and SUVs purchased in September was 25.2 mpg, down 0.1 mpg from August.

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“This decline likely reflects the decreased price of gasoline in September, and the consequent increased sales of pickup trucks, SUVs and crossovers,” said Michael Sivak, a research professor at UMTRI. (more…)

Booming Truck Sales Killing Fuel Economy Average

Mileage ratings for new vehicles drops in February.

by on Mar.05, 2015

Sales of new trucks continue to negatively impact the average fuel economy of new vehicles.

The continuing growth in the sales of trucks and sport utility vehicles is reducing the fuel economy numbers of the new vehicles purchased by American consumers.

The latest evidence comes from a new survey by researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which found gas mileage of new vehicles sold in the U.S. slipped last month thanks in part to this year’s harsh winter.

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Average fuel economy – window-sticker values – of cars, light trucks, vans and SUVs purchased in February was 25.2 mpg, down from 25.4 mpg in January and now just 0.1 mpg higher than a year ago. Overall, vehicle fuel economy is up 5.1 mpg from October 2007, the first full month of monitoring by Michael Sivak and colleague Brandon Schoettle. (more…)

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…)

New Vehicle Fuel Economy Rises Despite Strong Sales

EPA mandates motivating makers to improve mileage ratings.

by on Mar.05, 2014

Automakers continue to improve the average fuel economy ratings of vehicles, including full-size pickups like the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel.

While some might think that rising sales of new vehicles would eliminate the incentive for automakers to continue improving the fuel economy of cars and trucks, the ratings of brand new vehicles driven out of showrooms across the United States has continued to increase since the start of the 2014 model year, according to University of Michigan.

The University of Michigan the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) reported the average fuel economy rating of new vehicles sold in the U.S. was at a record-high 25.2 mpg in February.

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It was the fifth straight month the fuel-economy figure has topped 25 mpg, reflecting, in part, the tougher standards mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to U-M researchers. (more…)