UMTRI: average fuel economy of new vehicles in US down slightly in April from March
02 May 2012
The average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold in the US in April was 23.9 mpg (9.84 L/100 km), according to the latest figures from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). Although this represents an increase of 3.8 mpg (19%) from the value in October 2007, when UMTRI started this monitoring, it is down 0.2 mpg from March.
The drop likely reflects the slight reduction in the price of gasoline towards the end of April, according to Dr. Michael Sivak, Director, Sustainable Worldwide Transportation, UMTRI.
The unadjusted CAFE performance in April was 29.3 mpg (8.03 L100km), an improvement of 4.6 mpg (or 19%) since October 2007. (This index is based on a different set of EPA ratings than the window-sticker values.)
UMTRI’s Eco-Driving Index (EDI)—an index that estimates the average monthly emissions generated by an individual US driver—stood at 0.81 in February 2012 (an improvement of 19% since 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).
What we have here is a failure to communicate.
Posted by: mahonj | 02 May 2012 at 10:56 AM
What we have here may be a slow but progressive economic growth come back and people going back to larger gas guzzlers (they love so much)?
Posted by: HarveyD | 02 May 2012 at 01:58 PM
I recall news that the 2-week summer shutdown for the Durango production line has been cancelled because of demand.
Americans are suicidally insane.
Posted by: Engineer-Poet | 02 May 2012 at 07:42 PM
Um ep suvs are growing in china and india and elsewhere too... they just make very good family cars for people who are willing to spend a little more each year on fuel to gain whatever they see in large suvs.
Posted by: wintermane2000 | 03 May 2012 at 06:05 AM