Detroit Bureau on Twitter

Posts Tagged ‘UMTRI fuel economy study’

Fuel Economy Levels Drop in December

The rising numbers of truck and utility vehicle sales keeps tipping scales.

by on Jan.11, 2018

Strong SUV sales, like the Chevy Traverse, are helping to drive down the average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the U.S.

The average fuel economy or window-sticker numbers for new vehicles sold in the U.S. in the U.S. in December slipped, dropping by 0.2 miles per gallon to 25.0 mpg from the revised value for November, according to numbers compiled by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

The drop reflected the rising proportion of light trucks versus passenger cars sold to consumers in the United States. The rise in sales of trucks and sport utility vehicles was offset somewhat by the increasing sales of battery electric and hybrid vehicles.

News You Can Trust!

Overall, the average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in 2017 was 25.2 mpg, unchanged from 2016, according to UMTRI’s figures. (more…)

Fuel Economy Gains Remain Flat in February

Consumers getting more fuel economy bang for their buck, new study shows.

by on Mar.08, 2017

The average fuel economy for the current U.S. fleet of vehicles remained flat in February.

With sales of truck and utility vehicles continuing to rise, the average fuel economy window-sticker value of new vehicles sold in the U.S. in February was 25.1 mpg—unchanged from the value for January, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

The value for February is up 5.0 mpg since October 2007, the first month of UMTRI began tracking it, but down 0.4 mpg from the peak of 25.5 mpg reached in August 2014.

Fuel Economy News!

The short-term number continues to decline as gas prices remain below $2.50 per gallon. Since the dramatic fall in fuel prices nearly two years ago, buyers have been buying full-size trucks and SUVs in ever-increasing numbers, driving the average down. (more…)