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UMTRI: average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in US in March was 25.4 mpg; best mark yet

3 April 2014

The average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold in the US in March was 25.4 mpg (9.26 l/100km)—a 0.3 mpg improvement from the revised value for February and the best mark yet, according to the monthly report from University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) researchers Dr. Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle.

This improvement likely reflects, in part, the recent increase in the price of gasoline, they suggested. Vehicle fuel economy is up 5.3 mpg since October 2007 (the first month of their monitoring).

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The University of Michigan Eco-Driving Index (EDI)—an index that estimates the average monthly emissions of greenhouse gases generated by an individual US driver—edged upward to 0.80 during January, on the heels of its two best months at 0.78 during November and December (the lower the value the better).

This value indicates that the average new-vehicle buyer produced 20% lower emissions in January 2014 than in October 2007. The EDI takes into account both vehicle fuel economy and distance driven (the latter relying on data that are published with a two-month lag).

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Genuine progress is slow, steady and cumulative.

Meanwhile many here think we have accomplished nothing, and the USA s full of polluting gas guzzling dinosaurs.

D, That used to be the common perception of the US in other parts of the World, But from my perspective, over the years that I have been following this website, I have been enormously encouraged by the work being done in your country, and by US Auto-makers as well, towards reducing GHG emissions, especially under the current administration.There are times when it looks like a whole new country, with the advances being made there. Give credit where it is due, I say.
Peterww, UK.

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