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US Fuel Consumption Falls 11%

And downward trend likely to continue.

by on Nov.19, 2013

Motorists are using a lot less fuel these days.

Smaller vehicles and new technology — as well as changing driving habits — have combined to reduce the fuel consumption of American drivers of light-duty vehicles by 11% since 2004, says a University of Michigan researcher.

In a follow-up to two reports released earlier this year, Michael Sivak, of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, or UMTRI, examined recent trends in fuel consumption by cars, pickup trucks, SUVs and vans in the U.S. fleet from 1984 to 2011.

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“The decline of 11% since 2004 reflects the decline in distance driven and the improvement in vehicle fuel economy,” said Sivak, a research professor at UMTRI and director of the Sustainable Worldwide Transportation research consortium.

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Fuel Prices Fall – But So Does Fuel Economy

As prices level off, buyers begin moving back into gas-thirsty models.

by on Oct.04, 2013

Fuel prices have been dipping -- but are still well above $3 a gallon in most parts of the U.S.

The price of gasoline is continuing to fall from its summer-driving-season peak — and that seems to have triggered a concurrent dip in the fuel economy of the vehicles American motorists are buying.

Fuel prices have been on a rollercoaster ride this year – though notably, Americans have now been paying at least $3 a gallon for more than 1,000 days, the first time that’s ever happened. Prices have been impacted by a range of factors, including global speculation, concerns about Mideast flare-ups, and refinery and distribution problems.

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The good news, says the AAA Fuel Gauge, is that the average price of a gallon of gasoline in the U.S. has fallen more than 40 cents, to $ 3.376 per gallon compared with $3.782 at this time last year. The price of premium gasoline and diesel fuel also have fallen. Premium gasoline has dropped by 34.9 cents per gallon while diesel has dipped slightly less — to $3.894 per gallon, compared with $4.079 cents per gallon during the same period a year ago, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge.

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Honda Accord Hybrid Hits 50 – MPG, That Is

Gas-electric sedan lands bragging rights as highest city-mileage midsize hybrid.

by on Sep.06, 2013

Honda bests the competition - at least in the city mileage category.

In the battle for bragging rights in the high-mileage category, Honda has landed a solid blow against the competition, its 2014 Accord Hybrid delivering an EPA-certified rating of 50 mpg in city driving.

That’s a full three miles per gallon better than the previous king-of-the-fuel-economy-hill, the 47 mpg Ford Fusion Hybrid.  The Toyota Camry Hybrid comes in at 43 while the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid comes in at 40.

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But to put another perspective on Honda’s achievement, the 2014 Accord Hybrid gets about 10% better fuel economy around town than the first-generation Toyota Prius, a dedicated gas-electric model that used all sorts of tricks, including a super-aerodynamic, ultra-light body to maximize mileage.

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Truck Sales Boom Driving Down US Fuel Economy

But strong small car sales minimize the decline.

by on Jul.09, 2013

Low-mileage trucks like the Ford Raptor have regained momentum as the housing market and overall economy revive.

If you’re focused on the revival of the U.S. car market and the profitability of automotive manufacturers, then the recent surge in sales of full-size pickups is great news.  If your focus is fuel economy, well, the headlines might come as a disappointment.

That’s because the upturn in the truck market is driving down the fuel economy of the typical vehicle sold in the U.S., according to the latest report from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, or UMTRI.

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The gap isn’t much, a decline of a tenth of a mile per gallon in June — to 24.7 mpg — but it is a rare reversal of the upward trend that had seen fuel economy so far increase 1.1 mpg during the 2013 model-year.

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Ford Wants New Way to Measure Mileage

Consumers “confused” by and “tuning out” current, misleading numbers.

by on Mar.27, 2013

Jim Farley, global marketing chief at Ford Motor Co.

If you’re like most motorists, you’ve struggled to reconcile the numbers in those endless automotive ads with the actual mileage you’re likely getting day-to-day.

The reality is that the current EPA fuel economy rating system doesn’t work, and American motorists are both “confused” and “tuning out,” according to Jim Farley, global marketing chief at Ford Motor Co. That’s especially true when it comes to hybrid vehicles, which can be extremely sensitive to variations such as weather, road conditions and personal driving style, he added.

So, a new way of calculating mileage that gives motorists a real idea of what to expect is necessary, said Farley, in his keynote speech at this year’s New York International Auto Show.

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“It is confusing how we express fuel economy,” he declared, adding that the official federal ratings “really aren’t relevant. We need to help customers understand their personal fuel economy.”

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Cars Getting Better Mileage – But Motorists Now Driving More

Drivers undercut improvements in fuel economy.

by on Mar.11, 2013

Motorists are offsetting better vehicle fuel economy by driving further - and more often alone.

The good news, reports the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, is that today’s cars are more fuel-efficient than ever – the window sticker on the average vehicle sold in February climbing to 24.5 mpg.

The bad news? Motorists are driving longer distances, and with fewer people in their vehicles, sharply undercutting the improvements in vehicle fuel economy.

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In a somewhat complex formula incorporating fuel economy, distance driven and the number of passengers traveling in each vehicle, the study concludes that fuel economy – per person traveling – has barely improved at all over the last 40 years, according to UMTRI’s Michael Sivak, who directs the Sustainable Worldwide Transportation program.

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US Fuel Economy Hits All-Time Record

But declining fuel prices could buck trend.

by on Jan.07, 2013

GM claims being first to sell 1 million cars getting over 30 mpg, such as the Chevy Sonic.

American motorists are getting more out of their new vehicles as the average fuel economy of new cars and trucks sold increased 6% and set an all-time high in 2012 as consumers responded to higher gas prices and the increased availability of attractive high-mileage products, according to a study by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, or UMTRI.

UMTRI’s Eco-Driving Index indicated the average fuel economy of new vehicles purchased in 2012 rose to a record 23.8 mpg, up 1.3 mpg from 2011 and up 2.9 mpg from 2008.

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But whether that trend will continue, especially with the economy recovering and fuel prices falling – at least for the moment – remains to be seen.  The University study found the fuel economy of vehicles purchased in December was 23.9 mpg, down 0.2 mpg from November, likely reflecting the recent reduction in the price of gasoline.

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EPA May Expand Probe After False Hyundai/Kia Mileage Claims

But even mpg numbers that meet regs could be exaggerated, industry insiders concede.

by on Nov.05, 2012

Those Kia Hamsters apparently fudged the mileage numbers on the Soul and other models.

Watch TV for more than an hour in prime time; pick up a newspaper or magazine; or check the ads that pop up while you’re searching the web.  Odds are you’re bombarded with ads pitching the latest fuel economy numbers from one manufacturer or another.

“Mileage has become the number one concern of American motorists,” Ford Chief Operating Officer Mark Fields noted earlier this year.

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But are those numbers valid? That’s the question motorists – and regulators – are left wondering in the wake of the revelation, last week, that Korean makers Hyundai and Kia had inflated their own mileage figures by as much as 6 mpg on 13 separate models. The Environmental Protection Agency is apparently getting ready to review other makers’ mileage claims. Meanwhile, even numbers that meet government scrutiny are coming under question because of the way the industry is promoting mileage in advertising.

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White House Locks Down 54.5 MPG Fuel Economy Standard

“Single most important step” to reduce dependence on foreign oil, says President.

by on Aug.28, 2012

The new mileage standards appear to have solid public support -- especially as gas prices resume their upwards surge.

Bouncing back from an unexpected delay, the Obama Administration today formalized a more than 50% increase in federal automotive fuel economy standards.

Even with automakers struggling to meet the 2016 Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE, target of 35.5 miles per gallon, the industry will now face a 54.5 mpg goal for 2025.  That figure is the result of extensive debate between industry, environmentalists and government regulators.

But there had been questions raised, earlier this month, when the White House unexpectedly delayed the release of the official rules.  The 2025 CAFE proposal, like much of Pres. Barack Obama’s energy policy, had come under fire from a Republican party set to formalize Mitt Romney as its presidential nominee this week.

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“These fuel standards represent the single most important step we’ve ever taken to reduce our dependence on foreign oil,” the President declared in a statement accompany the release of the new mileage regulations.

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Is White House Re-Thinking 54.5 MPG Rule?

EPA delays final decision.

by on Aug.21, 2012

Will all cars in 2025 have to use battery technology like the Infiniti Emerg-E concept?

A week after the EPA was expected to formalize its proposed 54.5 mpg mileage rules for 2025 it appears the Obama Administration could be months away from locking things down.

Despite the reluctant buy-in of most manufacturers there appears to still be some heated opposition to the Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE update – which would require the industry to increase mileage by about 50% over the already strict guidelines now in place for 2016.

“We expect the process to be completed soon,” an administration official says, though exactly when is uncertain.

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Few expect any major changes to the rules – which was hammered out after some bitter debate between the auto industry, auto unions, environmentalists and the Obama White House.  Earlier proposals would have pushed the CAFE numbers well above 60 mpg.  But with a few exceptions, everyone finally appeared to sign on once the compromise 54.5 mpg number was announced.

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