01 Jun '11, 10pm

American manufacturers struggle to keep up with demand for fuel-efficient cars

American manufacturers struggle to keep up with demand for fuel-efficient cars

The fuel-efficient Ford Focus is in high demand. The Ford Econoline van? Not so much. Photo: Ford Motor Company Cross-posted from Climate Progress . This post was cowritten by Tyce Herrman. With gas prices just below the $4 per gallon mark and possibly climbing to $5 per gallon later this summer , Americans are demanding more fuel-efficient automobiles. But U.S. automakers are having trouble keeping up with that demand, according to a poll by Reuters: Higher car prices and a shortage of fuel-efficient vehicles likely threw a roadblock in the U.S. auto industry's recovery path in May, when the Japan crisis had its biggest impact on U.S. sales so far. If forecasts prove true, this will be the first time the annualized sales rate has dropped below 13 million since February. The sales figures, expected Wednesday, come as analysts are raising concerns about a slowdown in the br...

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