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Over Half of New Vehicles Now Deliver at Least 23 MPG

One in nine now top 30 MPG, according to new study.

by on Apr.29, 2014

The Nissan Altima is one of a growing list of vehicles delivering better than 23 mpg - often more than 30 miles per gallon.

Despite the resurgence of full-size pickups, SUVs and muscle cars, American car buyers are getting better fuel economy than ever before, over half of the vehicles sold this year delivering over 23 mpg, according to a new study, with one in nine topping 30 mpg.

Even some traditional gas guzzlers are now yielding mileage once considered a stretch for small cars, industry and government data reveals, though automakers still face a stretch achieving the 54.5 mpg target facing them in 2025, observers warn.

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“This has been remarkable,” said Mark Cooper, research director for the Consumer Federation of America, which has been tracking fuel economy trends for over a decade.  After years of relatively stagnant mileage, the increased federal fuel economy rules passed in 2005 have been paying off, he said, calling it a “great example” of how industry can respond to mandates backed by public support.

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Auto Mileage Hits All-Time Record

Mileage keeps rising even as fuel prices fall.

by on Nov.05, 2012

As more high-mileage models, such as the 2013 Nissan Altima, roll into showrooms, the nation's fuel economy average is rising to record levels.

The mileage of the average vehicles sold in the U.S. last month hit an all-time record, according to a new study, even though fuel prices fell across most of the country.

The increase comes despite adjusting for the fact that Hyundai and Kia had to reduce the stated mileage of 13 different models they’ve sold in the U.S. since 2010 in the wake of an EPA Audit. The federal agency, TheDetroitBureau.com today reported, may audit other manufacturers to see if they have overstated fuel economy numbers, as well.

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The typical vehicle sold in the U.S. in October had an average fuel economy of 24.1 miles per gallon, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.  That’s up 17% from the average in October 2007 when UMTRI became tracking mileage.

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3 Million Miles in a Volvo

“I have a feeling I’ll be dead long before the car.”

by on Jul.09, 2012

Irvin Gordon in his 1966 Volvo, still running after all these years - and 3 million miles.

While buying a new car is a status symbol for many folks, Irvin Gordon takes pride in keeping his old jalopy going.  And going…and going.

The Bay Shore, New York retiree expects to hit 3 million miles in his 1966 Volvo P1800S sometime next year.  He’s already driven it enough to make 1,200 trips around the globe at the Equator.  And he has held a solid lock on the Guinness Book of World Records since 2002 when an entry for High Mileage Vehicle was created for him after passing the 1.6 million mile mark.

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“It’s just a car I enjoy driving,” the 72-year-old former teacher told The Associated Press.

Before his retirement Irvin clocked 125 miles a day commuting.  But he is an inveterate road-tripper.  Before his divorce he would routinely pack up the family and head off to Canada, the Midwest, Texas.  Even today, divorced and with his children grown, he continues to pile on the mile traveling alone.

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