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ALS 04-10-2012 09:37 PM

U.S. fuel economy tops 24 mpg for first time
 
The unadjusted Corporate Average Fuel Economy performance for the first time rose to 29.6 mpg, an increase of 20 percent, or 4.9 mpg, since October 2007.

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Paul A. Eisenstein - MSNBC - April 10, 2012

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 “Monroney” window sticker, the 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.

The typical vehicle sold in March 2012 was 20 percent, 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 percent as recently as last December.... [Read More]

herm 04-10-2012 11:26 PM

Re: U.S. fuel economy tops 24 mpg for first time
 
http://www.consumerenergyreport.com/...k-up-in-march/


Kurz 04-11-2012 09:02 AM

Re: U.S. fuel economy tops 24 mpg for first time
 
Not bad at all herm...
Till the rest of the Fleet of America is phased out, looks like we will be doing pretty good.

PaleMelanesian 04-11-2012 09:43 AM

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I hate to admit it but I must. Tighter regulation is producing results.

Regulation is proving to be effective in raising average fuel economy. We had years of unchanged regulation and we got years of unchanging results. Even if people wanted improvements (not sure if true for the general public), they weren't available. Now with rising standards, we're getting meaningful results.

ItsNotAboutTheMoney 04-11-2012 10:58 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by PaleMelanesian (Post 340973)
I hate to admit it but I must. Tighter regulation is producing results.

Regulation is proving to be effective in raising average fuel economy. We had years of unchanged regulation and we got years of unchanging results. Even if people wanted improvements (not sure if true for the general public), they weren't available. Now with rising standards, we're getting meaningful results.

Actually, I disagree. I think the current batch is delayed market delivery of work done in response to the rising gas prices.

I think the new CAFE standards will help in the future, but rather than forcing manufacturers' hands I think it's more a matter of reducing the risk for manufacturers in focusing their research on fuel economy by making it harder to be caught out by a price dip.

The only manufacturer complaining about the new rules was the one that stands to lose most from rising CAFE standards: VW.

PaleMelanesian 04-11-2012 11:09 AM

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Toyota joins Detroit 3 in CAFE Fight (2007)

TheStepChild 04-11-2012 11:11 AM

Re: U.S. fuel economy tops 24 mpg for first time
 
I wonder what the avg mpg for all cars licensed/registered has looked like for the last 10 years .

herm 04-11-2012 01:00 PM

Re: U.S. fuel economy tops 24 mpg for first time
 
excluding diesels

http://earlywarn.blogspot.com/2011/0...l-economy.html


wick1ert 04-11-2012 02:16 PM

Re: U.S. fuel economy tops 24 mpg for first time
 
Looking at the monthly line, it's a never ending rollercoaster....more efficient bought in spring/summer, and less efficient through fall/winter. Interesting. It is nice to see the overall increasing, even if it only averaged 1mpg per decade. On a grand scale that's good.

PaleMelanesian 04-11-2012 02:37 PM

Re: U.S. fuel economy tops 24 mpg for first time
 
That diesel chart looks impressive, but combine the charts on the same scale for perspective.

Although, I'm not sure what the charts are measuring. Is it actual mpg, or is it CAFE mpg? Total fleet or new registrations?



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