15 Feb '12, 4pm

Fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the U.S. last month hit record high

New vehicles' fuel economy hits record Feb 14 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Alisa Priddle Detroit Free Press In advance of the seasonal spring hike in gasoline prices, the fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the U.S. last month was at a record high, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. Average fuel economy of cars, light trucks, minivans and SUVs purchased in January was 23.0 m.p.g., which ties the all-time monthly record set in March 2011. That represents a 4% improvement or 0.8 m.p.g. better than the average in December, which was the highest monthly increase since the institute's researchers started tracking fuel economy in late 2007. Compared with a year ago, average fuel economy of new vehicles bought in January was 0.5 m.p.g. better than a year ago and is a full 2.5 m.p.g. better than four years ago, according to Michael S...

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