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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 Vehicles Getting Less than 20 MPG on Decline

One in four new vehicles average less than 20 mpg in 2014.

by on Feb.27, 2015

Small cars, like the Chevy Sonic, have helped to push the average fuel economy of vehicles to new heights.

As automakers and the federal government head toward a potential clash over the 54.5 mpg corporate average fuel economy mandate for 2025, a recent study shows that automakers are making substantive gains in fuel economy: about one in four new vehicles get less than 20 mpg.

That’s a significant uptick in just six years, according to the University of Michigan, which show that in 2008, half of new-car buyers in the U.S. bought vehicles that were rated at less than 20 mpg.

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The shift is a reflection of several factors that helped push the industry into building and American consumers into buying more fuel-efficient vehicles. The rising price of gasoline, which jumped in wake of a series of hurricanes in fall of 2005, beginning with Hurricane Katrina that swept through the Gulf of Mexico and disrupted the production of gasoline and diesel fuel, set helped renew interest in fuel economy. (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…)

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