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Average new car fuel economy rises in August

GasBuddy Blog -- The University of Michigan released it's average new car fuel economy for the month of August today, and likely due to a surge in gasoline prices, average new vehicle fuel efficiency rose.

The average new vehicle sold in August had a fuel economy of 23.8 miles per gallon, a 0.2mpg increase from July, and up 3.7mpg from when the study began in 2007.

In addition to the fuel economy study, the University also estimates the average amount of emissions generated by each motorist for the month. That index stood solid in June, the last month for which data is available, at 0.82. The number is found proportionally compared to October, 2007, for which is the first month the study was performed.

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Message Posted: Nov 3, 2012 6:46:12 PM

Makes sense with the higher gas prices.
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2012 1:35:44 PM

I am glad the average fuel economy has gone up on new cars
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 10:34:52 AM

Higher fuel prices = consumers buying more fuel-efficient vehicles. Not exactly rocket science, eh folks?
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keep it going
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Positive steps
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2012 8:48:27 PM

l have 2(two)Hyundai Excel's . my '91 has 215K miles .replaced the 155r13 with 185r13 and increased fuel economy from 35 to 42mpg and did a lot of hauling sometimes with a loaded construction materials up and down mountains.it probably has more than 215k miles because of the over sized tires and it still does not burn oil. its a parts car( a little bit rusty) now because three ago l picked a second which is a 94 which had 85k kilometers and it just turned 100k kilometers but only gets 35-37mpg because of 165r13 tires. almost as a good as a Toyota prius but MUCH cheaper as l paid 500$ for 91 10years ago and the 94 for a 1000$. body is super on the 94.
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 1:20:36 PM

PathfinderSC: Most of the ASIAN cars don't get the fuel economy they claim. My Ford Fusion is rated for 23 mpg average, I've gotten 30 mpg average over the 35,000 miles I've logged on it, and I'm not alone. Go to fueleconomy.gov and look at real world estimates by the people who actually drive the cars, that will tell you what they actually get. Mine is a 2006 Fusion with the 5 speed manual, average user gets 28 mpg combined. Our own government is the domestic car's worse enemy.
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say anything to sell these loser of a car...WoW
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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2012 4:39:50 PM

Most of the cars sold don't get the mpg they claim,
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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2012 3:10:31 AM

discover02:if you figure you get 20+ on an exploder,i think you don't know how to figure mileage,unless it's all down hill.i know people with 4cyl. rangers that don't do that well.think what you could do with a volt[95 mpg]WOW.when the mpg standard gets to 51 pickup trucks may be outlawed.with the increasing price of gas,we probably won't be able to drive them anyway.i'm going to get a slide in camper and put mine up on blocks and live in it!!!

[Edited by: bulbous at 9/11/2012 4:16:40 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2012 2:56:24 AM

people have to realize that the only way we can make these figures go up is to buy more economical cars.don't wait for someone else to do your part.don't buy a truck that is jacked up high enough to take the top off everything you hit to protect yourself.keep your bumpers below 18 inches high and let our children live.
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Better gas makes for better mileage in any car..
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that's good...
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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2012 6:48:45 AM

nice to see, but it's not enough. Would be nice to get it up to 30mpg average.
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2012 1:21:52 PM

I saw a news report saying that cars sold by 2025 will have to be able to attain 51 miles per gallon, that will be amazing if it actually does happen.........
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2012 8:25:47 AM

good stuff
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2012 7:20:28 AM

gasokie: thankfully it's NOT... but it could, I agree.
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Message Posted: Sep 8, 2012 7:18:12 AM

Makes sense as prices go up.
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 6:46:49 PM

Amazing. You'd think it would be higher.
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 4:11:26 PM

Old news
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sure it did.... just before the election!
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Yes rf6480!!!!!!!!
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get rid of the excessive regulations and watch those numbers jump.
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 11:24:58 AM

Old News.
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 11:21:36 AM

ok, but all my old cars get 20mpg or better
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 11:08:15 AM

Good News
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 11:00:00 AM

.......fuel economy rises in August - likely due to a surge in gasoline prices, average new vehicle fuel efficiency rose.
Driving SUV's and single driver pickups that will never haul or tow anything does not help the average MPG either. Keep that ethanol crap out of the gasoline and the fuel MPG will be much better for all! Vehicles can get much higher MPG and the auto companies and Big Oil know that.
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, Produce and ‘Drive’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, has a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
12/22/2012!
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Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, Produce and ‘Drive’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, has a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
12/22/2012!
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 10:31:56 AM

Really? This is pretty sad! I have a 13 year old Bi-fuel Contour that gets much better mileage per gallon then what is being reported here. Getting nearly 40 mpg on long trips using CNG or gas.

[Edited by: Wildman14 at 9/6/2012 11:33:30 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 10:31:15 AM

gas too high
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 10:27:59 AM

I get 35.2 in my old Toyota 2001 Prius with 171,000 miles on it, with no major breakdown.
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 10:27:31 AM


I wonder who paid for this study?
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 10:25:55 AM

And my '11 Ford Crown Vic averages near 22 mpg overall. This study is just another waste of our money in useless college studies. The Ford can fit a Fiat in the trunk and still get that mileage and carry 6 people in comfort.
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 10:25:42 AM

Now let's see the fuel economy on trucks increase.
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 10:25:24 AM

haha..great sarcasm guys.
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 10:24:42 AM

I should hope so. It should be getting better all the time as the tech gets better.
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 10:24:28 AM

ok
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Alrighty!
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