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Car Buyers Key in on Fuel Economy

But demand for battery cars still hasn't been charged up.

by on Mar.13, 2012

Fuel economy has been rising sharply as buyers opt for smaller vehicles and downsized powertrains - like the I-4 offerings in the 2012 Kia Optima.

For the second straight month, the fuel economy of the typical new vehicle sold in the United States has risen to an all-time record, according to research by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

The average fuel economy of cars, light trucks, minivans and SUVs purchased in February was 23.7 miles per gallon, up from 23.5 in January, which was revised upward from the 23.0 mpg initially reported last month.

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But even while fuel prices have been soaring, U.S. motorists have largely steered clear of the most fuel-efficient vehicles on the market, a new generation of battery-electric vehicles, or BEVs, and plug-in hybrids – some of which have been given ratings approaching 100 MPGe, or miles per gallon equivalent, by the EPA.


Fuel Economy Hits New Record in January

Greenhouse gases down 14% since 2007.

by on Feb.14, 2012

The fuel economy of the average vehicle sold in the U.S. rose to 23 mpg in January.

New data from the University of Michigan indicates consumers are serious about finding cleaner, more fuel efficient vehicles.

Fuel economy of all new vehicles sold in the United States last month was at its highest mark ever, say researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. Meanwhile, greenhouse gas emissions linked to global warming have dropped sharply over the last four years, according to new data.

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Studies by various automakers have long indicated consumers consider fuel economy important and in recent years, under pressure from tougher fuel economy and emission mandates in Europe, Asia and the U.S., manufacturers have begun to deliver substantial fuel economy improvement across all vehicle segments. In addition, SUVs, a critical element of the US, vehicle fleet have undergone a major revolution in recent becoming on average smaller, lighter and more fuel efficient.