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UMTRI: average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in US in October hits highest level yet

University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) researchers Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle report that the average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold in the US in October reached 24.1 mpg (9.76 l/100km)—the highest level yet, and up 4.0 mpg from October 2007 (the first month of their monitoring).

This 20% improvement in fuel economy (mpg) corresponds to a 17% reduction in fuel consumption (gallons per mile).

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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—stood at 0.81 in August, 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).

All of the values are now corrected for the changes in the EPA ratings for the Hyundai/Kia vehicles that were issued on 2 November. (Earlier post.)



Was the study adjusted for the recent Hyundai and Kia revelations?


A NET 16+% fuel consumption reduction per mile during the first Obama term is an achievement if compared with he predecessors.

The next Obama term could be much better (20+% reduction or 29+ mpg?) if the current trend keeps up and gas price goes up to $5+/gal.

The 15 new Toyota hybrids will contribute soon.

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