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Fuel Economy Hits New Record in January

Greenhouse gases down 14% since 2007.

by on Feb.14, 2012

The fuel economy of the average vehicle sold in the U.S. rose to 23 mpg in January.

New data from the University of Michigan indicates consumers are serious about finding cleaner, more fuel efficient vehicles.

Fuel economy of all new vehicles sold in the United States last month was at its highest mark ever, say researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. Meanwhile, greenhouse gas emissions linked to global warming have dropped sharply over the last four years, according to new data.

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Studies by various automakers have long indicated consumers consider fuel economy important and in recent years, under pressure from tougher fuel economy and emission mandates in Europe, Asia and the U.S., manufacturers have begun to deliver substantial fuel economy improvement across all vehicle segments. In addition, SUVs, a critical element of the US, vehicle fleet have undergone a major revolution in recent becoming on average smaller, lighter and more fuel efficient.