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American Motorists Cutting Back on Daily Trips

Online shopping, social networking likely a key factor.

by on Sep.03, 2015

More time online appears to translate into less time behind the wheel, finds new study.

While the number of cars on U.S. highways continues to grow, with congestion worsening in most metropolitan areas, Americans seem to be cutting back or combining daily errands, reducing the time they spend behind the wheel.

On average, American motorists spent about 10% less time in their cars to handle daily activities than they did a decade ago, according to a new study by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, or UMTRI.

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UMTRI researcher Michael Sivak, in one of a series of reports that examines recent motorization trends in the U.S., said that the average time spent traveling per day for all activities dropped from 1.23 hours in 2004 to 1.11 hours in 2014.

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Booming Truck Sales Killing Fuel Economy Average

Mileage ratings for new vehicles drops in February.

by on Mar.05, 2015

Sales of new trucks continue to negatively impact the average fuel economy of new vehicles.

The continuing growth in the sales of trucks and sport utility vehicles is reducing the fuel economy numbers of the new vehicles purchased by American consumers.

The latest evidence comes from a new survey by researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which found gas mileage of new vehicles sold in the U.S. slipped last month thanks in part to this year’s harsh winter.

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Average fuel economy – window-sticker values – of cars, light trucks, vans and SUVs purchased in February was 25.2 mpg, down from 25.4 mpg in January and now just 0.1 mpg higher than a year ago. Overall, vehicle fuel economy is up 5.1 mpg from October 2007, the first full month of monitoring by Michael Sivak and colleague Brandon Schoettle. (more…)

New Vehicle Fuel Economy Improved in January

Numbers on the rise as trucks and crossovers show mileage improvements.

by on Feb.06, 2015

Strong sales of crossovers like the 2015 Chevy Trax helped improve the overall fuel economy rating of new vehicles sold last month.

Despite the continuing surge in trucks sales, which was again evident in January, and falling gasoline prices, the fuel economy of new vehicles purchased by Americans actually improved last month, ending a lengthy drought of stagnation.

Gas mileage of new vehicles, as calculated by the Environmental Protection Agency, sold in the U.S. was up last month for the first time since last August, according to researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

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Average fuel economy, which is based on the window-sticker values of cars, light trucks, vans and sport utility vehicles, purchased in January was 25.4 mpg, up from 25.1 mpg in December. It was still down from August’s all-time high of 25.8 mpg. Overall, vehicle fuel economy is up 5.3 mpg from October 2007, the first full month of monitoring by UMTRI researchers Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle. (more…)

New Vehicle Fuel Economy Continues to Drop

Americans buying less efficient vehicles in larger numbers.

by on Jan.08, 2015

Low gas prices are helping to drive sales of full-size pickups like the Ford F-150.

With new vehicle sales setting a blistering pace during December at a seasonally adjusted annual rate or SAAR of 17.3 million units, and the popularity of trucks and utility vehicles on the rise, the average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the U.S. slipped last month, according to researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

The university’s numbers showed that the mileage or window-sticker values of cars, light trucks, vans and SUVs purchased in December was 25.1 mpg, down from 25.3 mpg in each of the previous three months and down from an all-time high 25.8 mpg last August. Overall, vehicle fuel economy is up 5 mpg from October 2007, the first full month of monitoring by UMTRI researchers Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle.

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“The recent reductions in gas mileage likely reflect the large and continuing decreases in the price of gasoline,” Sivak said. (more…)

Consumers Win as Falling Oil Prices Rattle Market, Analysts

Gas prices drop for 100 consecutive days: a new record.

by on Jan.07, 2015

President Barack Obama warned Americans to not get used to the low gas prices, but also said it would be all right if they wanted to buy a car with their windfall.

The stock market has hit the skids this week as investors scramble to figure out the good and bad of the oil prices that have dropped below $51 a barrel, which is driving gas prices to levels not seen in a decade.

The AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge reports that the price of gasoline across the U.S. has now fallen for more than 100 consecutive days, the longest streak on record, and the average price of gasoline around the nation has dropped below $2.20 per gallon or by more than 7 cents per gallon in the past week.

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In many metropolitan areas, however, the price of gasoline has now fallen well below $2 per gallon with sign indicating prices have dropped to $1.70 per gallon. (more…)

New Car Fuel Ratings Stagnate Due to Low Gas Prices

Fuel efficiency drops as trucks, SUVs, crossovers selling big.

by on Dec.04, 2014

The average fuel economy of new vehicles has remained unchanged for three months.

After a long period of steady improvement, the fuel economy of new vehicles purchased by American consumers appears to have plateaued and if the price of fuel continues on its downward trend, mileage rating numbers are unlikely to improve anytime soon.

The gas mileage of new vehicles sold in the U.S. – as reflected on window stickers – stayed the same last month: 25.3 mpg, according to researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

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In fact, it was the same in September and October, but down from 25.8 mpg in August, but the reason for the leveling out is predictable. (more…)

Fuel Economy Gains Grind to a Halt in October

Average fuel economy remains unchanged after drop from August rating.

by on Nov.12, 2014

The popularity of new trucks, like the Silverado, due to lower gas prices kept the average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in October stagnant.

The layoff of more than 500 workers at two General Motors plants in Michigan highlights a big shift in demand, American motorists walking past the high-mileage small cars that topped the sales charts last year in favor of big, fuel thirsty pickups, SUVs and crossovers.

So, it may come as a surprise that the fuel economy of the typical vehicle sold in the U.S. last month didn’t take a big tumble, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), and ran only slightly below the record levels set earlier in the year.

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“The unchanged average fuel economy is likely a net consequence of two opposing trends—less demand for more fuel-efficient vehicles because of the decreasing price of gasoline, and improved fuel economy of 2015 model year vehicles compared to 2014 model year vehicles,” noted UMTRI researcher Michael Sivak who, with partner Brandon Schoettle, tracks the mileage of new cars, trucks and crossovers on a monthly basis. (more…)

Big Interest in Autonomous Vehicles in Asia

Improving transportation networks driving appeal.

by on Nov.04, 2014

Research shows that Asia is a hotbed for interest in autonomous vehicles to help with improve the efficiency of transportation.

Despite safety concerns about the potential for equipment failure, drivers in the developing automotive markets of Asia have high expectations for autonomous vehicles.

“Recent advances in autonomous vehicle technology have helped bring self-driving vehicles to the forefront of public interest,” said Brandon Schoettle of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

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“Self-driving vehicles are commonly envisioned to be the ultimate, full embodiment of connected-vehicle technology, an area that is currently the focus of several large research projects and government support,” he said. (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.

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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…)

Gasoline Prices Continue Climbing in US

Auto fuel efficiency continues to rise, survey shows.

by on Jul.08, 2014

The strong sales of the Ram 1500 Diesel has contributed to the national improvement in fuel economy for new vehicles.

With gasoline prices inching upward this summer, the fuel economy of the new vehicles sold in the U.S. is continuing to improve compared with historic figures, the University of Michigan reports.

Despite a slight dip in June, fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the U.S. has exceeded 25 miles per gallon for the fifth straight month, according to researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) responsible for the monthly survey of fuel economy trends.

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The average fuel economy – window-sticker values – of cars, light trucks, vans and SUVs purchased last month was 25.5 mpg, down from a record-high 25.6 mpg in May. Vehicle fuel economy is now up 5.4 mpg from October 2007, the first full month of monitoring, noted UMTRI researchers Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle. (more…)