“Gas prices are nearing $4 per gallon nationwide and consumers are getting reluctant to pay any additional money at the pump when buying a new vehicle,” said Jesse Toprak of TrueCar. This changes buying pattern, and it might influence election results. Important as the topic may be, foreign carmakers continue to give you the most mileage. American carmakers lag.
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TrueCar’s monthly sales-weighted look at the fuel economy of new cars sees Hyundai in the lead, and Detroit at the bottom. Ford’s green drive definitely results in results: Ford gets the best sales-weighted mileage of the Detroit Three, but still is solidly trounced by the Koreans and Japanese.
What’s more, the makers in the lead continue to improve. The sales weighted mileage of Hyundai and Toyota is more than 8 percent better than a year ago. Ford again shows good improvement, whereas GM and Chrysler are below average.
These are the new March data. When we published the February numbers a month ago, some commenters demanded that the data are broken pout by cars and trucks. Voila, done. As you can see, it does not change the big picture.
If you want your data broken out by nameplate, segment et al, head over to TrueCar, and they will oblige.
This story most likely will trigger howls of protests. Truth hurts. If you don’t like these lists, talk to the bad boys.