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UMTRI: average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in US in January up 0.3 mpg

The average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold in the US in January was 25.4 mpg (9.25 l/100 km)—up 0.3 mpg from December, but still down 0.4 mpg from the peak reached in August of 2014, according to the monthly report from Dr. Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI).

They said the improvement in January likely reflects the leveling off since mid-January in the price of gasoline. Overall, vehicle fuel economy is up 5.3 mpg since October 2007 (the first month of their monitoring).

Average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold in the US. Click to enlarge.

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—was 0.77 in November, down from the revised value for October of 0.80 (the lower the value the better). This value indicates that the average new-vehicle driver produced 23% lower emissions in November 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).

University of Michigan Eco-Driving Index (EDI). Click to enlarge.



The average US car buyer will buy as large a car as the pocket book can afford.

If wages go up and taxes go down in USA, you can expect the average fuel consumption to go up as low as 23 mpg by end of 2015.

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