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Fuel Economy Ratings Still Drive New Car Purchases

Bigger vehicles with improved mileage means better sales.

by on Jun.20, 2017

The fuel economy of the Toyota RAV4 has risen by 10 mpg in five years. Sales have jumped by 166% during that time.

Improvements in fuel economy have helped manufacturers gain a competitive edge in selling pickups, crossovers and sport utility vehicles, according to the authors of The Car Book.

A new analysis from the Consumer Federation of America indicates SUVs, pickups and crossovers that improved fuel economy ratings by at least 10% between 2011 to 2016, saw a 59% increase in sales.

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On the other hand, vehicles in the same segment that lagged behind in fuel economy with less than a 10% increase in miles per gallon from during the same period experienced a 41% increase in sales, almost 20 points less. (more…)

More Cars, Less Gas? U.S. Set to Hit Peak of Oil Consumption

Global demand also expected to dip as more efficient vehicles take to the road.

by on Mar.02, 2017

Americans have been pumping a lot more gas since the recession, but that surge may be ending.

Americans suck down a lot of oil, a large share of it to fuel the 260 million vehicles on U.S. roadways. But demand for gasoline is expected to start declining by 2019, according to a new study.

And the U.S. isn’t unique. The study by Scottish research firm WoodMackenzie predicts that even with global car sales on track to set new records well into the next decade, global oil demand should also peak as early as 2021.

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That might come as a surprise considering the surge in vehicle demand in emerging markets like China and India, especially as motorists worldwide shift from passenger cars to crossovers and other light trucks. But the WoodMac study contends that these trends will be offset by stricter U.S. and global mileage standards, as well as more efficient vehicles, many using zero-emissions powertrain technologies.


Despite Plunging Gas Prices Fuel Economy on the Rise

Big gains made with new pickups, utility vehicles.

by on Dec.06, 2013

Even big trucks - like this Ram 1500 EcoDiesel are getting better mileage than ever, according to UMTRI.

With fuel prices dipping below $3.00 a gallon in many parts of the country, sales of pickup trucks, utility vehicles – even minivans – have been on the rise in recent months.  Despite the resurgence of these gas-gulping vehicles, the overall mileage of the new vehicles sold in November continued to rise.

The typical vehicle sold last month delivered an EPA-rated fuel economy of 24.8 mpg in November, up 0.1 mpg from the revised October figure, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, or UMTRI.

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Perhaps more significantly, that means the typical new vehicle is now getting about 23% better mileage – a 4.7 mpg average increase, since October 2007, the first month of monitoring by UMTRI, noted lead researchers Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle.


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.


Fuel Economy Continues Climbing

Emissions, meanwhile, fall to record low.

by on Dec.06, 2012

Despite the fact that Hyundai and Kia had to roll back their mileage claims, the typical new vehicle sold in the US is getting record mileage.

The average fuel economy of all new vehicles sold in the United States remains at its highest level ever, while emissions are at a record low, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

The average fuel economy or window-sticker values of cars, light trucks, minivans and sport utility vehicles purchased in November was 24.1 mpg, a full mile per gallon better than a year ago. The figure was the same as in October but up from 23.8 in September.

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The average improved despite the fact that two of the brands that have led in the improvement of fuel efficiency, Hyundai and Kia, have had to scale back their mileage claims, following an audit by the Environmental Protection Agency. The government agency, which overseas vehicle mileage standards, found both companies had flubbed standard procedures while performing the mileage tests for the government.


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, 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.


Fuel Economy Dipping as Motorists Return to Larger Vehicles

Mileage slips as gas prices drop.

by on Jul.06, 2012

As sales of bigger vehicles, including work trucks like the Ford F-Series, recover fuel economy averages are beginning to drop.

American motorists got a pleasant surprise for the Independence Day holiday, fuel prices falling below year-earlier levels despite some forecasts that gas might nudge $5 a gallon by this summer.

But as gas prices have fallen so has the mileage of the new cars, trucks and crossover U.S. motorists are buying, according to a new report.

The average fuel economy for new vehicles sold in June came in at 23.6 mpg, according to the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute, or UMTRI.  That’s a full 0.5 miles per gallon less than the peak in March of this year, as it appeared fuel prices would spike to new record levels.  And it’s off by 0.1 mpg from May.

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The decline is “likely reflecting the continuing reduction in the price of gasoline,” writes Dr. Michael Sivak, UMTRI’s director of sustainable transportation.

Sales data also suggest that as the U.S. economy slowly recovers Americans are migrating back to higher-price — typically meaning larger — vehicles.  And as the economy improves there is more demand for large pickups, vans and other work vehicles that will drive the mileage numbers downward.

On the positive side, the June mileage average was still up 3.5 mpg, or 17%, compared to October 2007, when the school began tracking fuel economy trends.

Those figures reflect the adjusted numbers the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency uses for the window, or Munroney, stickers placed on all new cars.  A separate, unadjusted calculation shows fuel economy at 29.0 mpg, also a 17% improvement since October 2007.

Meanwhile UMTRI’s Eco-Driving Index, which tracks the average monthly emissions of the typical American motorist stood at 0.81 for April, the latest month for which data are available.  That’s a 19% decline from October 2007.  The Index is based on both fuel economy and the number of miles motorists clock each month.

March 2012 saw fuel economy hit an all-time high, the average vehicle sold in the U.S. getting 24.1 mpg, according to federal data.  The figure was just 20.1 mpg when tracking began in October 2007.

U.S. Fuel Economy Tops 24 MPG for 1st Time

Mileage on a steady rise as gas prices soar towards record.

by on Apr.10, 2012

Record demand for the expanding Prius "family," including the Prius Vshown here, helped nudge U.S. fuel economy to a record 24.1 mpg.

The fuel economy of the average new vehicle sold in the United States has topped 24 miles per gallon for the first time ever, according to researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

Using the numbers shown in the “Munroney” window sticker, he average fuel economy of the cars, light trucks, minivans and SUVs purchased in March rose to 24.1 mpg, up from 23.9 in February and 23.6 in January.

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The typical vehicle sold in March 2012 was 20%, or four miles per gallon, higher than the industry average in October 2007, the first month UMTRI researchers Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle began tracking vehicle mileage.

The surge in fuel economy should be no surprise to those who have been tracking recent sales trends.  Small cars have enjoyed a major surge as gas prices have begun their latest push towards record levels.  Compact and smaller models now account for nearly a quarter of the market, up from less than 18% as recently as last December.

Meanwhile, hybrid-electric vehicles have also enjoyed a big burst of interest, the Toyota Prius achieving record sales in March.

(New study finds hybrid owners less than loyal, most trading in for non-hybrids. Click Here for more.)

In addition to reporting on the average fuel economy numbers, researchers Sivak and Schoettle issued their monthly update of their national Eco-Driving Index, which estimates the average monthly emissions generated by an individual U.S. driver. The EDI takes into account both vehicle fuel economy and distance driven—the latter relying on data that are published with a two-month lag.

During January, the EDI stood at 0.83, an improvement from 0.86 in December (the lower the value, the better). The index currently shows that emissions of greenhouse gases per driver of newly purchased vehicles are down 17%, overall, since October 2007.

In addition, Sivak and Schoettle reported the unadjusted Corporate Average Fuel Economy performance for the first time. That figure is not the same as the number consumers see because it is based on a different set of EPA ratings.  Nonetheless, it also showed a substantial improvement For March.  The unadjusted CAFE figure rose to 29.6 mpg, an increase of 20%, or 4.9 mpg, since October 2007.

What remains to be seen is whether the surge in fuel economy will continue once fuel prices level off. Most analysts believe the trend will continue, however, if for no other reason than the tough new fuel economy standards automakers are facing. That has led the industry to make major shifts in powertrain technology that will continue to have an impact for years to come.

Car Buyers Key in on Fuel Economy

But demand for battery cars still hasn't been charged up.

by on Mar.13, 2012

Fuel economy has been rising sharply as buyers opt for smaller vehicles and downsized powertrains - like the I-4 offerings in the 2012 Kia Optima.

For the second straight month, the fuel economy of the typical new vehicle sold in the United States has risen to an all-time record, according to research by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

The average fuel economy of cars, light trucks, minivans and SUVs purchased in February was 23.7 miles per gallon, up from 23.5 in January, which was revised upward from the 23.0 mpg initially reported last month.

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But even while fuel prices have been soaring, U.S. motorists have largely steered clear of the most fuel-efficient vehicles on the market, a new generation of battery-electric vehicles, or BEVs, and plug-in hybrids – some of which have been given ratings approaching 100 MPGe, or miles per gallon equivalent, by the EPA.


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.