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Vehicles Fuel Economy Continues to Rise


Sometimes there can be good news, as in this case, thanks to researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute who have released figures stating that average fuel economy of all new vehicles sold in the US is up for the second straight month.

According to the figures, the average fuel economy of all cars, light trucks, minivans, and SUVs purchased in the month of November was 22.6 miles per gallon, up from 22.6 miles per gallon in October and up from 22.1 miles per gallon in both August and September.

The calculations were made from the monthly sales of individual models of cars, light trucks, minivans, and SUVs and the EPA “combined” fuel-economy ratings for the respective models of vehicle.

Novembers number is still down from the all-time high as calculated by the University of Michigan researchers, when in March of this year it reached 23 miles per gallon. But after a steady dropoff after the month of March, the numbers are again climbing.

Source: University of Michigan

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