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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…)

Average New Car Fuel Economy Improves in April

The slight uptick marks second consecutive of gains.

by on May.09, 2017

Smaller crossovers and SUVS, like the Toyota RAV4, are helping to improve the overall fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the U.S.

Despite the continuing increases in truck and sport utility vehicle sales, the fuel economy of new vehicles sold during March and April improved, according to the monthly survey by the University of Michigan Transportation Institute.

UMTRI researchers Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle reported the average fuel economy or window-sticker value of new vehicles sold in the U.S. in April was 25.3 miles per gallon —an 0.1 mpg improvement from the value for March.

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The small increase last month basically matched the gain in the average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the U.S. in March, which was 25.2 mpg — 0.1 mpg from the value for February. (more…)

Automotive Fuel Economy on the Rebound

Improvement comes despite rise in SUV, crossover sales.

by on Jun.03, 2016

The rising sales of SUVs and crossovers hasn't hindered the recent improvement in nation's average fuel economy.

With the marketshare of truck and utility vehicles fast approaching 60% and gasoline prices at their lowest level in a decade, the fuel economy of the vehicles American drive is still improving, according to a new survey by the University of Michigan.

The average fuel economy or window-sticker value of new vehicles sold in the U.S. in May 2016 was 25.4 mpg—up 0.2 mpg from the value for April 2016, the UM’s Transportation Research Institute reported.

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“This improvement likely reflects the increased price of gasoline in May, and the consequent increased interest in more fuel-efficient vehicles by buyers of all vehicle classes,” Michael Sivak, UM researcher, noted.  (more…)

Buyers Continue Purchasing New Vehicles with Lower Fuel Efficiency

Fuel economy average drops again in September.

by on Oct.08, 2015

As sales of full-size trucks, like the F-150, continue to tick upwards, fuel efficiency averages for new vehicles slides downward.

As the sales of trucks and utility vehicles continue to surge, the fuel-economy of new vehicles sold in the U.S. continues to drop, according to a monthly study by the University of Michigan.

In fact researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute found the fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the U.S. as rated by the federal Environmental Protection Agency fell for the second month in a row. The average fuel economy, or window-sticker values, of cars, light trucks, vans and SUVs purchased in September was 25.2 mpg, down 0.1 mpg from August.

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“This decline likely reflects the decreased price of gasoline in September, and the consequent increased sales of pickup trucks, SUVs and crossovers,” 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…)

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…)