Gas guzzlers on the decline, Univ. of Michigan report says

Gas guzzlers on the decline, Univ. of Michigan report says

Lights trucks and SUVs have been selling well lately as gas prices have fallen. But they are creeping back up, and vehicles of all types have become more fuel efficient over the past several years.

The result: The average fuel economy has improved 4.5 mpg between MY 2008 and 2014, according to new research from the University of Michigan. In 2008, about 24 percent of consumers bought new vehicles with fuel economy between 11 mpg and 17 mpg. By 2014, that figure had dropped to 9 percent.

And in 2014, nearly 41 percent of new-car buyers bought new vehicles with at least 26 mpg. In 2008, just 15 percent did.

Overall, average fuel economy for light-duty vehicles improved from 20.8 mpg for MY 2008 to 25.3 mpg for MY 2014.

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