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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…)

Stable Fuel Prices Lead to Big Shift in U.S. Car Sales

Toyota Prius takes a dive.

by on May.02, 2014

The improved fuel economy of full-size pickup trucks, like Ford's F-Series, have pushed trucks to the top of the lists of new vehicle buyers recently.

It’s been one of the nation’s most popular models in recent years – in fact, topping the charts for two years running in the critical California market – but you might not know it from the April sales charts. The Toyota Prius just barely managed to make it into the Top 20 for the month.

And Prius wasn’t the only sign of a shift in the U.S. automotive marketplace, as shoppers seem to respond to relatively stable fuel prices by putting more attention on trucks – especially full-size pickups – and crossovers.

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But don’t feel sorry for Toyota. The maker managed to plant three of its models among April’s 10 best-sellers, the original Prius hatchback making it four out of 20, according to an analysis of the month’s sales by tracking firm Autodata. (more…)

Has Shift to Small, Higher-Mileage Cars Stalled?

Motorists may shift back as fuel prices plunge.

by on Jun.05, 2012

Are buyers starting to shift from small, high-mileage vehicles, like the Ford Focus, back to bigger, less efficient offerings.

A curious thing happened in May: after months of trading in for smaller, more fuel-efficient models, U.S. motorists began to shift back to bigger, less fuel-efficiency vehicles.  But was this an anomaly or a significant reversal of recent trends?

By the end of May, according to AAA, gasoline cost about 27 cents a gallon less, on a national average, than it did when prices peaked in early April.  Perhaps not so coincidentally, the average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the U.S. in May – based on their EPA window sticker ratings – slipped to 23.7 miles per gallon, down 0.2 miles per gallon from April, according to statistics compiled by the University Of Michigan.

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The drop in the figure reflected the first apparent reversal of the trend towards more fuel-efficient vehicles that had prevailed over the previous six months.