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New Car Fuel Economy Average Continues to Sink

Unsurprisingly, consumer preference for big vehicles cutting average.

by on Nov.13, 2017

The popularity of big vehicles like 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST and its optional 420-hp 6.2-liter V-8 will worsen the national fuel economy average.

The average fuel economy of vehicles sold in the United States continued to slide in October, according to the monthly report compiled by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

Even this rise of gasoline prices from the major hurricanes that hit Texas, Louisiana and Puerto Rico and also closed oil refineries and halted oil drilling across the Gulf of Mexico has yet to have any impact as the American shift to trucks and utility vehicles continues to dominate the industry’s sales trends.

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The average fuel economy or window-sticker value of new vehicles sold in the U.S. in October was 25.2 miles per gallon, which was down 0.1 mpg from September, UMTRI researchers Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle reported. (more…)