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Vehicle fuel economy at highest mark ever

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Gas mileage of new vehicles sold in the U.S. reached an all-time high last month, 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 24.9 mpg—up 0.1 mpg from July, according to UMTRI researchers Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle. Overall, gas mileage is up 4.8 mpg since October 2007, the first month of monitoring.

Fuel economy of model-year 2013 vehicles sold since October 2012 is 24.7 mpg, up 1.2 mpg from 2012 models.

In addition to average fuel economy, Sivak and Schoettle issued a monthly update of their national Eco-Driving Index, which estimates the average monthly emissions generated by an individual U.S. driver. The EDI takes into account both the fuel used per distance driven and the amount of driving—the latter relying on data that are published with a two-month lag. ...

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