Fuel Efficiency in New Cars Falling?

Oct 20, 2011


With new standards in place to raise the overall efficiency of new vehicles by 2025, it would stand to reason that automakers would be taking steps toward higher fuel economy standards already. Apparently, this might not quite be the case yet! Some vehicles have taken a step back, as 2 different reports out this week conflicted over whether the average mileage has slipped back.

The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute said the average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in September was 22.1 mpg --unchanged from August and at the lowest level in 12 months. TrueCar.com said that the September fuel economy for new vehicles sold stood at an average 22.0 mpg compared with 21.7 in August and 21.4 in September 2010.

Michael Sivak, a research professor at the University of Michigan’s institute, said fuel economy has gone up from 21.1 mpg two years ago and said he was not surprised by the difference between his calculations and the TrueCar measure.

“The two methodologies and the data sources are slightly different. However, the actual values are not that different from each other,” he said.  

How do you feel about the recent changes in fuel economy standards, and do you think it is important to fleets like yours? Leave a comment and let us know.

Photo courtesy of Brian Snelson and re-used under the Creative Commons license.