Americans rank fuel economy as top vehicle purchase factor

Americans rank fuel economy as top vehicle purchase factor

More than three-fourths of Americans say fuel economy is more important than safety, body type or price when buying a car, according to a new study sponsored by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and Plastics Make it Possible. Nearly three-quarters say fuel efficiency is more important to them now than it was five years ago. Almost four in ten admitted to driving further to get lower priced gas.

The study reveals some confusion over what makes a car more fuel-efficient. Only about half of respondents recognized that a lighter weight vehicle is more fuel-efficient.

–For many of todayês cars, plastics make up 50 percent by volume but only 10 percent by weight, which is great news for Americans concerned about paying too much at the pump,” said Steve Russell, president of ACCês plastics division.

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