Posts Tagged ‘fuel economy average’

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…)

Surging Truck Sales Hurting National Fuel Economy Average

Fuel economy average drops 0.1 mpg to 25.3 mpg.

by on Jul.06, 2016

Rising truck sales are hurting the national fuel economy average, which dropped to 25.3 mpg in June.

The ongoing surge in trucks sales is cutting into the improvements in fuel economy, according to a new report from the University of Michigan.

The average fuel economy or window-sticker value of new vehicles sold in the U.S. in June 2016 was 25.3 mpg—down 0.1 mpg from the value for May 2016, the University of Michigan reported.

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This decline likely reflects the increased market share of pickup trucks and SUVs. Fuel economy is down 0.5 mpg from the peak reached in August 2014, but still up 5.2 mpg since October 2007, U-M said. (more…)

Low Gas Prices Cutting Fuel Economy Gains

Crossover, pickup and SUV sales continue gaining momentum.

by on Sep.11, 2015

The growing popularity of crossovers, like the Chevy Traverse, is helping to drive down the average fuel economy of new vehicles in the U.S.

With gasoline prices sliding toward $2 per gallon and the oil glut showing no signs of abating, the average fuel economy of new vehicles purchased in the U.S. declined in August.

Sales of crossover vehicles and pickup trucks remain strong as a result of the pricing, and that appears to be the reason for the dip in the overall gas mileage rating of new vehicles sold in the U.S. slightly last month, according to researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

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Continued expansion of the offerings within the crossover utility and pickup truck segments are helping to sustain the strong demand trend, added Christopher Hopson, IHS director of light vehicle forecasting. (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…)