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Automakers on pace to continue meeting fuel economy standards

Friday, April 18, 2014

ANN ARBOR—If recent trends continue, auto companies should be able to meet new federal fuel economy standards over the next 12 years, say University of Michigan researchers.

A year after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced the final standard governing new-vehicle Corporate Average Fuel Economy for model years 2017-2025, CAFE performance has exceeded anticipated levels for 2012 and 2013—the two years the current standard has been in effect.

Achieved CAFE performance levels exceeded the anticipated levels by 0.2 mpg for model year 2012 and 0.1 mpg for model year 2013.

In addition, CAFE performance has consistently increased annually from model year 2008 through model year 2013, say Brandon Schoettle and Michael Sivak of the U-M Transportation Research Institute. Overall, fuel economy improved by 4.3 mpg over these six model years, from 25.5 mpg to 29.8 mpg. ...

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