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New Car Fuel Economy Average Continues to Sink

Unsurprisingly, consumer preference for big vehicles cutting average.

by on Nov.13, 2017

The popularity of big vehicles like 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST and its optional 420-hp 6.2-liter V-8 will worsen the national fuel economy average.

The average fuel economy of vehicles sold in the United States continued to slide in October, according to the monthly report compiled by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

Even this rise of gasoline prices from the major hurricanes that hit Texas, Louisiana and Puerto Rico and also closed oil refineries and halted oil drilling across the Gulf of Mexico has yet to have any impact as the American shift to trucks and utility vehicles continues to dominate the industry’s sales trends.

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The average fuel economy or window-sticker value of new vehicles sold in the U.S. in October was 25.2 miles per gallon, which was down 0.1 mpg from September, UMTRI researchers Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle reported. (more…)

New Vehicle Fuel Economy Average Rises in January

Improvement reverses recent trend.

by on Feb.05, 2016

The new vehicle fuel economy average improved in January despite 58% of those vehicles sold being trucks and SUVs.

Trucks and sport utility vehicles accounted for more than 58% of the new vehicles sold in the U.S. during January, but the average fuel economy of new vehicles sold actually improved, according to the monthly survey by the University of Michigan.

Despite some of the lowest gasoline prices in a decade, the average fuel economy or window-sticker value of new vehicles sold last month increased to 25.1 mpg from 24.9 mpg in December—the first time it had fallen below 25 mpg in nearly two years, U-M reported.

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“This increase likely reflects the month-to-month seasonal decrease in sales of pickup trucks and SUVs,” said Michael Sivak, a research professor at UMTRI. (more…)

New Vehicle Fuel Economy Slides in June

Rising sales of large vehicles cuts fuel efficiency average.

by on Jul.07, 2015

New vehicle buyers are favoring trucks and utility vehicles, which is cutting the average fuel economy rating for new vehicles.

Courtesy of low gas prices, U.S. consumers continue to plunk down cash for trucks and utility vehicles in increasing numbers over more fuel efficient small cars, and in the process, drive down the average fuel economy of vehicles in this country.

The gas mileage rating of new vehicles purchased by American consumers slipped last month, according to researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). The average fuel economy printed on the window stickers of cars, light trucks, vans and SUVs purchased in June was 25.4 mpg, down from 25.5 mpg in May, the U-M researchers said.

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“The decline likely reflects the increased sales of light trucks and SUVs in June,” according to Michael Sivak, a research professor at UMTRI. (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…)

Index Shows New Car Fuel Economy Still Improving

Emissions levels take a step back due to truck sales.

by on Apr.04, 2014

FCA's Ram pickup enjoyed its best March sales total ever. Trucks are more fuel efficient than ever, helping to improve new vehicle fuel economy.

The fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the U.S. continue to improve reaching its best mark ever last month, according to a new report from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), but new car emissions took a step back.

Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle, the UMTRI researchers who prepare the report, estimated the average fuel economy of window-sticker values for fuel economy on cars, light trucks, vans and SUVs purchased in March was 25.4 mpg. The figures represented a 0.3-mpg increase from a revised February figure and 5.3 mpg from October 2007, the first full month of monitoring by UMTRI.

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However, Sivak and Schoettle issued a monthly update of their national Eco-Driving Index, which estimates the average monthly emissions generated by an individual U.S. driver. The index shifted into reverse and fell back slightly as Americans continued to buy more trucks and utility vehicles. (more…)

Americans are Driving More, But Using Less Fuel

Study shows vehicles are more fuel efficient than ever.

by on Aug.05, 2013

Americans are driving more, but using less gasoline due to improved fuel efficiency.

Americans continue to drive more as the economy recovers but even so, they’re using less fuel according to a new study from the University of Michigan.

In addition, despite a surge in pickup truck sales keyed to the upturn in the housing market, the average fuel economy of model year 2013 vehicles sold thus far (October 2012 through July 2013) is 24.7 miles per gallon.

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“This is up 1.2 mpg from model year 2012 vehicles,” U-M’s Transportation Research Institute in Ann Arbor, Mich. noted in its monthly Eco-Driving Index (EDI). (more…)

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.

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