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Greener Travelers Taking Planes Instead of Cars

U-M says flying is safer and greener than driving.

by on Apr.28, 2015

U-M's Michael Sivak says flying is not only safer than driving, but it's also more environmentally friendly.

If you are thinking of taking a road trip this summer, you might want think again…at least if you’re concerned about the impact on the environment.

University of Michigan Researcher Michael Sivak has concluded that flying is not only safer than driving, but it’s also greener.

Automotive Insight!

“Although the fuel economy of new vehicles is continuously improving, and these improvements are likely to accelerate given the recent update to the corporate average fuel economy standards, changes in fuel economy of new vehicles take a long time to substantially influence the fuel economy of the entire fleet,” said Sivak, a research professor at UMTRI and director of Sustainable Worldwide Transportation, a research consortium that addresses major road transportation issues worldwide. (more…)

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.

Stay Informed!

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…)

Automakers Reap Benefit of Better Mileage, Low Fuel Prices

Fuel economy improves as truck sales ride high.

by on Aug.06, 2014

UMTRI notes that despite the increase in sales of large vehicles, like the F-150, fuel economy levels continue to improve.

Automakers are maximizing the sweet spot in mix of sales, fuel economy and gas prices – bigger vehicles getting better gas mileage as fuel prices drop – and enjoying robust sales as a result.

Fuel economy trends continue to improve despite the continuing surge in the sales of light-duty trucks and sport utility vehicles. Meanwhile gasoline prices continue to decline as the end of the summer driving season looms.

Muscling Up the News!

The University of Michigan’s monthly measurement of the efficiency of new vehicles sold in the U.S. during July fell just shy of the all-time high, according to researchers at U-M’s Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI).  (more…)