Automakers exceed fuel economy standards each year
Automakers have surpassed fuel economy standards each of the past three years since the new standards have been in effect, according to University of Michigan researchers. CAFE performance topped anticipated levels by 0.2 mpg for MY 2012, by 0.1 mpg for MY 2013 and 0.2 mpg for MY 2014.
Fuel economy has increased annually from MY 2008 through MY 2014, the researchers said. Overall, it improved by 5.3 mpg over those seven model years, from 25.5 mpg to 30.8 mpg.
If the current trends in annual improvements persist, future achieved CAFE performance is expected to continue meeting or exceeding the projected performance levels and desired greenhouse gas reductions contained in the latest CAFE standards, said Brandon Schoettle of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.Download Bulletin PDF