Fuel economy at record high of 25.8 mpg

Fuel economy at record high of 25.8 mpg

Fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the U.S. hit an all-time high of 25.8 mpg in August, up 0.2 mpg from July, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. Fuel economy is now up 5.7 mpg from October 2007, when UMTRI started monitoring it.

UMTRI also found that driver emissions are tied for the record low. The Eco-Driving Index estimates the average monthly emissions generated by an individual driver, taking into account both the fuel used per distance driven and the amount of driving. The June figure of 0.78 is down 22 percent since October 2007 (the lower the better).

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