07 Jul '11, 3pm

American Cars -- and Drivers -- Getting Steadily Greener

American Cars -- and Drivers -- Getting Steadily Greener

It's no surprise that President Barack Obama is getting some pushback from some -- but not all -- automakers in the wake of his call to boost the 2025 Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard to 56.2 miles per gallon. But the market is already heading in that direction, driven by a range of factors, including gas price spikes, more fuel-efficient vehicle options and Americans driving less, according to the latest Eco-Driving Index from the University of Michigan. The index found that the average driver who bought a new vehicle in April 2011 produced 14 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions from driving that month compared to drivers who bought a new car in October 2007, when the index was first launched, said Michael Sivak, who, along with Brandon Schoettle, developed and updated the index. "This is the case because of both the reduced amount of driving in April 201...

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