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New Vehicle Fuel-Economy Averages Improve in July

Rise attributed to decline in truck sales.

by on Aug.08, 2017

The average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the U.S. during July improved compared to June.

The average fuel economy of new vehicles purchased by Americans improved during July, according to a monthly survey by the University of Michigan.

The average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold in the U.S. in July was 25.4 mpg—up 0.3 mpg from June, Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle, researchers from U-M’s Transportation Institute said.

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The increase likely reflects the decreased proportion of light trucks in the sales mix in July compared to June. The value for July is up 5.3 mpg since the first month of the organization’s monitoring began in October 2007, but still down 0.1 mpg from the peak of 25.5 mpg reached in August 2014, the report for July sales noted. (more…)

Almost 9 in 10 Americans Demand Even Better Mileage

Consumers Union survey could counter any Trump Admin push to curb fuel economy rules.

by on Jun.29, 2017

Fuel prices dropped in time for the July 4 holiday, but motorists still want better mileage.

One of the first moves made by newly inaugurated Pres. Donald Trump was to re-open the “mid-term” review of the federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE, standard set to reach 54.5 mpg by 2025.

But if that review were to curtail the fuel economy target it could face strong resistance from the American motoring public, according to a new study by Consumers Union. According to the non-profit group, nearly nine in 10 Americans believe the auto industry should continue to drive towards more fuel efficient vehicles.

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“Consumers see the value in fuel efficiency, and the technology more than pays for itself through fuel savings,” said Shannon Baker-Branstetter, the policy counsel for Consumers Union. “As automakers increase vehicle efficiency, consumers benefit from greater savings.”

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More Cars, Less Gas? U.S. Set to Hit Peak of Oil Consumption

Global demand also expected to dip as more efficient vehicles take to the road.

by on Mar.02, 2017

Americans have been pumping a lot more gas since the recession, but that surge may be ending.

Americans suck down a lot of oil, a large share of it to fuel the 260 million vehicles on U.S. roadways. But demand for gasoline is expected to start declining by 2019, according to a new study.

And the U.S. isn’t unique. The study by Scottish research firm WoodMackenzie predicts that even with global car sales on track to set new records well into the next decade, global oil demand should also peak as early as 2021.

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That might come as a surprise considering the surge in vehicle demand in emerging markets like China and India, especially as motorists worldwide shift from passenger cars to crossovers and other light trucks. But the WoodMac study contends that these trends will be offset by stricter U.S. and global mileage standards, as well as more efficient vehicles, many using zero-emissions powertrain technologies.

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Mitsubishi Panel: Corp. Culture Ruled Out Saying “No”

Maker faulted for “not having manufacturing philosophy of an automaker.”

by on Aug.02, 2016

Nissan CEO Ghosn (l), and MMC Chairman Masuko.

Despite being faced with impossible goals and a shortage of resources, engineers at Mitsubishi Motors Corp. were caught up in a corporate culture that wouldn’t allow them to say, “No,” according to an internal investigation of the maker’s fuel economy cheating scandal.

The report, compiled by a team of outside investigators, had harsh words for the scandal-plagued automaker, which admitted in April it had rigged mileage numbers on vehicles sold in Japan for as much as a quarter century.

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“There was utterly no consciousness that the company must work as one to make and sell cars,” according to the 37-page report. Mitsubishi, it concluded, is a company “not having the manufacturing philosophy of an automaker.”

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Carmakers Want Relief from Tough 2025 Mileage Mandate

Feds set to issue mid-term review of 54.5 mpg target.

by on Jul.05, 2016

Cheap gas makes it harder to justify spending money to improve mileage, CAFE critics contend.

With fuel prices the lowest they’ve been since the start of the Great Recession, automakers have seen a boom in demand for light trucks and performance vehicles. But while that might be good for the short-term bottom line, it could pose serious problems in the longer-term, as the industry struggles to cope with tough new fuel economy mandates.

Automakers have delivered significant improvements in fuel economy in recent years, but they’ve got a long way to go to meet the 54.5 mile-per-gallon target the federal government has set for 2025. Some industry insiders argue they can’t get there – at least not without pricing vehicles out of the hands of most consumers. The environmental community has countered that this is just a scare tactic and that manufacturers have shown they can deliver fuel-efficient products consumers can afford.

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Both sides will have their eyes on Washington this week, the federal government finally expected to release a so-called mid-term review that could decide whether to ease back on the 54.5 mpg target if the goal is determined to be unreasonable.

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Honda Punches Up Ridgeline Fuel Economy by 5 MPG

Automakers finding way to get car-like mileage out of trucks.

by on Apr.29, 2016

The 2017 Honda Ridgeline made its debut at this year's Detroit Auto Show.

Honda expects to get as much as five miles per gallon better mileage out of its reborn Ridgeline pickup when it goes on sale over the summer.

That’s in keeping with a general trend that’s seen a big boost of the fuel economy of next-generation trucks and SUVs. And, industry leaders are betting, it will mean that American motorists will be far less likely to flee back to conventional sedans and coupes if – or, more likely, when – fuel prices start rising again.

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According to figures filed with the Environmental Protection Agency, which oversees mileage testing, the front-wheel-drive version of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline will deliver 19 mpg in the city, 26 on the highway. The all-wheel-drive model will trim a single mpg off those numbers, to 18 and 25.

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Mitsubishi Claims US Mileage Numbers Accurate

Maker's stock rebounds slightly, but still down nearly half since mileage scandal erupted.

by on Apr.28, 2016

Mitsubishi recently launched a new version of the Mirage in the U.S., emphasizing price and mileage.

Even as an internal investigation into fuel economy ratings fraud gets underway, Mitsubishi Motors Corp. claims the mileage numbers used for vehicles sold in the United States have been accurate.

That word comes just a day after the embattled Japanese automaker acknowledged it had inflated the figures for vehicles sold in its home market since at least 1991. Sales of Mitsubishi vehicles have plunged since the scandal broke earlier this month, while the maker’s stock price has fallen by nearly half.

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Mitsubishi is a relatively minor player in the American market, but coming in the wake of a series of industry ethics lapses – including the Volkswagen diesel emissions fraud and General Motors’ cover-up of a deadly ignition switch defect – the Japanese maker could face major fines and legal costs if it were found to be cheating in the U.S., as well.

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Carmakers Beating Fuel Economy Mandates, Study Finds

Some models nearly meet goals set for 2025.

by on Apr.25, 2016

The new Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid already meets the fuel economy target for 2021.

Low fuel prices have been driving a surge in demand for big pickups and SUVs. That’s a seeming recipe for poor fuel economy, but a new report reveals that the auto industry is not only managing to meet federal fuel economy standards but, in many cases, handily exceeding the current mandate.

A total of 56% of the newest models in dealer showrooms match or exceed today’s federal target, according to the survey by the Consumer Federation of America. And a number of vehicles already come close to meeting the tough, 54.5 mile-per-gallon target that’s not supposed to take effect until 2025.

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“Fuel efficiency increasingly comes standard with new cars, trucks, and SUVs” said Jack Gillis, Director of Public Affairs for the CFA and author of The Car Book. “Even if you’re in the market for a large pickup or SUV, you’d have to go out of your way to find a true gas guzzler.”

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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…)

Fuel Economy Hasn’t Much Changed Since 1923

Or has it? Federal data leaves some big gaps open.

by on Aug.20, 2015

New study suggests that today's auto fleet isn't getting much better mileage than it did 90 years ago.

Federal guidelines are calling for some big increases in fuel economy over the next decade, with the average vehicle required to deliver 54.5 mpg by 2025.

But a new study by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, or UMTRI, adds a cautionary note to that push, noting that from 1923 to 2013, the average mileage of the American automotive fleet rose a meager 3.6 miles per gallon, to just 17.6 mpg.

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In fact, fuel economy actually tumbled for a number of years, only starting to rebound in 1974, in the wake of the first Mideast oil shock as Washington enacted the first Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE, standard.

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