Fuel economy of new vehicles sets record high

Fuel economy of new vehicles sets record high

MY 2012 vehicles achieved an all-time high fuel economy of 23.6 miles per gallon, according to a new report from the EPA. This number represents a 1.2 mpg increase from the previous year, making it the second largest annual increase in the past 30 years. Fuel economy has increased in seven of the past eight years.

Each year new technologies are coming on line to keep driving these positive trends toward greater and greater efficiency, said Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for EPAs Office of Air and Radiation.

EPA attributes much of the recent improvement to the rapid adoption of more efficient technologies such as gasoline direct injection engines, turbochargers and advanced transmissions. Consumers can choose from five times more car models with a combined city/highway fuel economy of 30 mpg or more, and from twice as many SUVs that get 25 mpg or more, compared with just five years ago.

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