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Vehicle fuel economy drops in September

Thursday, October 3, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Gas mileage of new vehicles sold in the U.S. reached an all-time high in August, but slipped to its lowest mark in nine months during September, say researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

Average fuel economy (window-sticker values) of cars, light trucks, vans and SUVs purchased in August was 24.6 mpg—down 0.3 mpg from August, according to UMTRI researchers Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle. However, gas mileage is up 4.5 mpg overall since October 2007, the first month of monitoring.

"The decline likely reflects the recent reduction in the price of gasoline," Sivak said.

The average fuel economy of model year 2013 vehicles (vehicles sold October 2012 through September 2013) was 24.7 mpg. This is up 1.2 mpg from model year 2012 vehicles. ...

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