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Fuel economy of vehicles sold in the U.S. is on the rise, recording the sharpest gains in almost four decades, an annual report by the EPA shows. Foreign automakers have the most efficient fleets.

The EPA report shows an average 16 percent gain in fuel efficiency for in the past five years, to 23.8 miles per gallon.  The EPA’s list is led by foreign carmakers, with Detroit sharing the bottom places with purveyors of thirsty performance cars.

EPA Fleet Fuel Economy 2012
MPG
Honda 26.4
VW 26.2
Mazda 25.9
Toyota 25.6
Subaru 25.2
Nissan 24.6
All 23.8
Ford 23.2
BMW 23.1
GM 21.4
Daimler 21.4
Chrysler-Fiat 20.6

TrueCar’s sales-weighted fleet fuel economy report paints a similar picture. Remember: Fuel efficient cars do no good if they sit in the showroom or in the catalog. They must be sold and replace fuel thirsty cars to make a difference.

TrueCar Sales-weighted  Fleet Fuel Economy
Average MPG Average Car MPG Average Truck MPG
Manufacturer Jan’13 Jan’12 YoY Jan’13 Jan’12 YoY Jan’13 Jan’12 YoY
Hyundai 26.8 26.8 0 28.4 28.5 -0.1 23.1 23.2 -0.1
Honda 25.9 25.4 0.5 29.6 28.9 0.6 22.4 22.4 0
Volkswagen 25.9 25.8 0.1 26.9 27.2 -0.2 21.9 21.7 0.2
Nissan 24.9 23.6 1.3 29.8 26.6 3.1 20.1 20 0.1
Toyota 24.6 24.6 -0.1 29.6 29.6 -0.1 19.2 19.4 -0.2
Industry 23.4 22.9 0.5 27.4 26.6 0.8 19.9 19.6 0.3
Ford 22.8 21.7 1.1 29.2 26.8 2.4 19.9 19.6 0.4
GM 21.3 21.2 0.1 25.3 24.9 0.3 19 18.9 0.1
Chrysler 20.7 19.5 1.2 23.9 22.5 1.4 18.9 18.2 0.8
Source: TrueCar TrueMPG

The EPA punished Hyundai’s MPG-shenanigans by not listing the Korean maker. TrueCar uses the restated data, with Hyundai still on top.

If you miss data broken out by segment, size, and other criteria, the EPA has a long list of data. TrueCar does likewise.

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Survey Says: Detroit Can’t Shake The Drinking Habit – Blame The Enablers! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/survey-says-detroit-cant-shake-the-drinking-habit-blame-the-enablers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/survey-says-detroit-cant-shake-the-drinking-habit-blame-the-enablers/#comments Thu, 13 Dec 2012 19:19:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=470034   Demand for fuel-efficient vehicles remains strong, and the fleet of newly bought cars is taking to the streets getting a better mileage on average than a year before. The cars sold by Hyundai/Kia are most miserly with their fuel, with Volkswagen close behind. Automobiles from Detroit on the other hand stay thirsty. This is […]

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Demand for fuel-efficient vehicles remains strong, and the fleet of newly bought cars is taking to the streets getting a better mileage on average than a year before. The cars sold by Hyundai/Kia are most miserly with their fuel, with Volkswagen close behind. Automobiles from Detroit on the other hand stay thirsty. This is the result of TrueCar’s TrueMPG survey.

Average MPG Average Car MPG Average Truck MPG
Nov’12 Nov’11 YoY Nov’12 Nov’11 YoY Nov’12 Nov’11 YoY
Hyundai/Kia 26.8 26.4 0.4 28.6 28.3 0.4 23.0 23.0 0.0
Volkswagen 26.7 26.1 0.6 28.0 27.3 0.7 22.1 21.8 0.3
Honda 25.9 24.2 1.8 29.7 28.4 1.3 22.5 21.1 1.4
Toyota 24.4 24.2 0.1 30.1 29.7 0.4 19.2 19.3 -0.1
Nissan 23.5 23.1 0.5 28.2 26.4 1.8 20.0 19.5 0.5
Industry 23.2 22.3 0.9 27.5 26.3 1.1 19.8 19.4 0.4
Ford 22.4 21.4 1.0 28.8 26.1 2.7 19.7 19.6 0.2
GM 21.1 20.4 0.7 25.3 24.9 0.4 18.9 18.5 0.4
Chrysler 19.9 19.5 0.5 23.7 22.4 1.3 18.3 18.2 0.0

The sales-weighted survey determines the average MPG by associating the number of actual cars sold with their EPA rating.

When we publish these numbers, howls of protests ensue, and we hear complaints that carmakers who sell lots of trucks get penalized. Well, that’s the point. Fuel efficient cars can only help make us independent from foreign oil and spare the atmosphere additional harm if they get bought.

As inconvenient as it may sound, automobiles sold by the Detroit 3 are doing – on average – a substandard job.

However, TrueCar also broke it out by segments, and if you like BIG TRUCKS, then you will find solace in the fact that Ford and GM sell gas guzzlers with some of the best sales averaged mileage, whereas Toyota’s and Nissan’s behemoths  suck bigtime.

Avrg Small Car MPG Avrg Midsize Car MPG Avrg Large Truck MPG
Manufacturer Nov’12 Nov’11 YoY Nov’12 Nov’11 YoY Nov’12 Nov’11 YoY
Chrysler 31.3 25.1 6.2 23.9 23.9 0.0 15.8 15.7 0.1
Ford 34.0 32.2 1.8 29.5 26.6 2.9 17.3 17.4 -0.2
GM 29.8 31.3 -1.5 26.2 25.7 0.5 17.0 17.0 0.0
Honda 31.9 32.5 -0.6 28.5 25.8 2.7 17.2 16.9 0.3
Hyundai/Kia 30.9 30.6 0.3 27.8 27.5 0.3  N/A  N/A  N/A
Mazda 30.9 28.3 2.5 24.2 24.9 -0.7  N/A  N/A  N/A
Mitsubishi 25.5 25.6 -0.1 24.3 24.3 0.0  N/A  N/A  N/A
Nissan 32.3 31.3 0.9 28.0 25.0 3.0 14.3 14.2 0.0
Subaru 26.5 20.5 6.1 25.5 24.2 1.3  N/A  N/A  N/A
Suzuki  N/A  N/A N/A 25.0 25.1 -0.1  N/A  N/A  N/A
Toyota 34.5 35.1 -0.6 28.3 27.4 0.9 15.5 15.6 -0.1
Volkswagen 30.8 30.6 0.2 29.4 27.3 2.1  N/A  N/A  N/A
Industry 31.8 31.7 0.1 27.6 26.0 1.5 16.8 16.8 0.0

And speaking of trucks, Jesse Toprak, Senior Analyst at TrueCar, expects ” to see TrueMPG dip in December as more consumers snap up larger SUVs and trucks.”

Disclosure: While the author lived in the U.S.A., he drove a Ford Expedition, ostensibly to “pull the boat.” The 90 mph race boat gave him 1 mpg at WOT.

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Shenanigans Notwithstanding, Hyundai Still Gets The Best Mileage http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/shenanigans-notwithstanding-hyundai-still-gets-the-best-mileage/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/shenanigans-notwithstanding-hyundai-still-gets-the-best-mileage/#comments Fri, 09 Nov 2012 12:47:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=466350 After Hyundai was caught by the EPA with the wrong fuel economy ratings on “select vehicles” (read: most of them) media outlets (including this one) prognosticated that Hyundai would have to abdicate as king of the fuel sippers. Nothing doing, says TrueCar. According to TrueCar’s sales-weighted rankings, Hyundai continues to put the most automobiles with […]

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After Hyundai was caught by the EPA with the wrong fuel economy ratings on “select vehicles” (read: most of them) media outlets (including this one) prognosticated that Hyundai would have to abdicate as king of the fuel sippers. Nothing doing, says TrueCar.

According to TrueCar’s sales-weighted rankings, Hyundai continues to put the most automobiles with the lowest fuel consumption on America’s roads – even after Hyundai and Kia had to restate their EPA window stickers, and had to give money back to customers.

Average MPG
Manufacturer 12-Oct 11-Oct YoY
Hyundai/Kia 27.1 26.8 0.3
Volkswagen 26.7 26.1 0.6
Honda 25.4 23.9 1.5
Toyota 24.6 23.7 0.9
Nissan 24.5 23.2 1.3
Industry 23.2 22.2 1.0
Ford 22.1 21.3 0.8
GM 21.0 20.4 0.6
Chrysler 20.0 19.4 0.6

On the total average, demand for low consumption vehicles lifted the average across all new cars by a full mile per gallon. Hyundai/Kia lead before Volkswagen and Honda. Interesting: All Detroit 3 are sitting not so pretty below industry average, but could lift their ratings.

Average Car MPG
Manufacturer 12-Oct 11-Oct  YoY
Toyota 30.3 28.6 1.7
Honda 28.9 27.8 1.1
Hyundai/Kia 28.9 28.3 0.6
Nissan 28.5 26.4 2.1
Ford 28.3 26.2 2.1
Volkswagen 27.9 27.4 0.5
Industry 27.6 25.9 1.7
GM 25.9 24.6 1.3
Chrysler 24.0 22.9 1.1

In just cars, Toyota leads, the Koreans are in number 3 position, Ford edges past Volkswagen. GM and Chrysler remain below average.

Average Truck MPG
Manufacturer 12-Oct 11-Oct YoY
Hyundai/Kia 23.5 23.6 -0.1
Honda 22.4 21.0 1.4
Volkswagen 22.2 21.5 0.7
Nissan 19.8 19.6 0.2
Ford 19.6 19.4 0.2
Industry 19.6 19.3 0.3
Toyota 19.2 19.3 -0.1
GM 18.7 18.7 0.0
Chrysler 18.2 18.0 0.2

In the truck discipline, Hyundai/Kia lead, Ford remains above industry average, Toyota is sent into the below-average penalty box, which it shares with GM and Chrysler.

Average Small Car MPG Average Midsize Car MPG Average Large Truck MPG
Manufacturer 12-Oct 11-Oct YoY 12-Oct 11-Oct YoY 12-Oct 11-Oct YoY
Chrysler 31.2 25.1 6.1 23.9 24 -0.1 15.8 15.6 0.2
Ford 33.3 32.2 1.1 28 26.6 1.4 17.3 17.5 -0.2
GM 30.7 31.2 -0.5 26.2 25.3 0.9 17.1 17 0.1
Honda 31.8 32.4 -0.6 27.7 25.9 1.8 17.2 16.9 0.3
Hyundai/Kia 30.6 31.4 -0.8 28 26.6 1.4  N/A  N/A  N/A
Mazda 30.9 26.3 4.6 24.4 25.1 -0.7  N/A  N/A  N/A
Mitsubishi 25.4 25.8 -0.4 24.3 24.3 0  N/A  N/A  N/A
Nissan 32.2 30.6 1.6 28.4 25.2 3.2 14.3 14.3 0
Subaru 27.4 21.1 6.3 25.4 22.7 2.7  N/A  N/A  N/A
Suzuki  N/A  N/A N/A 25 25.2 -0.2  N/A  N/A  N/A
Toyota 34.8 34.1 0.7 28.4 26.1 2.3 15.5 15.7 -0.2
Volkswagen 31.3 30.7 0.6 29.3 27.9 1.4  N/A  N/A  N/A
Industry 32 31.2 0.8 27.4 25.4 2 16.8 16.3 0.5

For the “yes, but, I’d like this to be broken down according to …” crowd, here are more breakdowns. For specialized requirements, sundry consulting companies will happily oblige after receipt of the customary obscene fee.

TrueMPGTM computes monthly average fuel economy by brand, manufacturer, origin and vehicle segments by using actual sales data or forecasted sales data for the current month. Calculations start at the trim level, taking into account EPA fuel economy data including engine size and drivetrain that affect a vehicle’s MPG ratings; the sales share from each trim level is then calculated to create an average for each model.  Brand level data is calculated by the sales share of each model and the manufacturer data is then based on the share of each brand, providing an accurate and completely data driven picture of actual measured MPGs in the market place. TrueCar utilizes the EPA’s average fuel economy rating using 45 percent highway and 55 percent city driving behavior.

And before I forget it: America’s most fuel-efficient cars still aren’t American. At least not by name.

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America’s Greenest Cars Still Aren’t American  http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/americas-greenest-cars-still-arent-american/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/americas-greenest-cars-still-arent-american/#comments Tue, 11 Sep 2012 17:48:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=459918 Producing the most fuel-sipping cars will have no impact on environment or oil reserves unless people buy those cars and carmakers sell them. This should be a truism, but too often it is ignored. Some cars are built with green halos, but with little regard for marketability.  Who’s cars really are the greenest? Not much […]

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Producing the most fuel-sipping cars will have no impact on environment or oil reserves unless people buy those cars and carmakers sell them. This should be a truism, but too often it is ignored. Some cars are built with green halos, but with little regard for marketability.  Who’s cars really are the greenest?

Not much has changed since last time we looked at TrueCar’s TrueMPG  ranking. This is a sales-weighted ranking that tracks the MPGs of the cars that actually get sold, including engine size and drivetrain that affect a vehicle’s MPG ratings.


  Average TrueMPG
Manufacturer Aug-12 Aug-11 YoY %
Hyundai 28.1 26.2 1.9
Volkswagen 26.6 25.2 1.4
Honda 24.9 23.9 1.0
Toyota 24.5 23.3 1.2
Nissan 23.9 22.8 1.1
Industry 23.2 21.7 1.5
Ford 22.0 20.4 1.6
GM 21.6 20.4 1.2
Chrysler 19.9 19.3 0.6

Overall, the industry gained a mile and a half over August a year ago. The market share of small cars and smaller SUVs is up, which lifts the rating. Detroit does not look good on that scale. Ford is the best-looking of the top seven manufacturers, it also delivered an impressive 1.6 mile improvement.  Hyundai is far ahead of the field and delivered the best overall improvement.


  Average Car TrueMPG
Manufacturer Aug-12 Jul-11 YoY %
Hyundai 30.0 28.2 1.7
Toyota 30.0 27.5 2.6
Volkswagen 27.8 26.6 1.2
Honda 27.8 27.5 0.3
Industry 27.2 25.3 1.9
Nissan 27.1 25.5 1.7
Ford 26.4 25.2 1.1
GM 25.7 23.6 2.2
Chrysler 23.6 23.0 0.7

Looking at cars alone, Hyundai and Toyota are even, with Toyota having the most impressive improvement. Detroit is at the bottom.


  Average Truck TrueMPG
Manufacturer Aug-12 Aug-11 YoY %
Hyundai 23.7 23.5 0.2
Honda 22.3 20.9 1.4
Volkswagen 21.8 21.0 0.8
Nissan 20.1 19.7 0.4
Ford 20.0 18.4 1.6
Industry 19.8 19.0 0.8
Toyota 19.2 18.8 0.5
GM 19.0 18.6 0.4
Chrysler 18.3 17.9 0.4

Do I hear “But this is unfair?” Detroit is heavy with trucks, and they use more gas. Well, they do.

When looking at trucks alone, GM and Chrysler are at the bottom of the field, with Toyota taking third. Ford has an impressive showing with two notches over the industry average. However, even with trucks, Hyundai reigns supreme.


TrueMPG by Brand
Brand Aug-12 Jul-12 Aug-11 YoY% MoM%
smart 35.7 35.7 36.2 -0.5 0.0
Fiat 32.1 32.0 32.5 -0.4 0.1
MINI 30.0 30.0 30.3 -0.3 0.0
Hyundai 28.3 28.1 27.1 1.2 0.2
Volkswagen 28.0 28.0 26.6 1.5 0.0
Kia 27.9 27.5 25.1 2.8 0.4
Mazda 27.2 27.1 23.9 3.3 0.1
Scion 27.0 27.2 25.8 1.3 -0.1
Honda 25.4 25.6 24.4 1.1 -0.1
Mitsubishi 25.2 25.5 22.5 2.7 -0.3
Toyota 24.7 24.4 23.3 1.4 0.3
Subaru 24.7 24.8 23.5 1.3 0.0
Nissan 24.4 23.7 23.2 1.3 0.8
Suzuki 23.6 23.7 23.7 -0.1 -0.1
Buick 23.2 23.1 20.5 2.7 0.1
Industry 23.2 23.1 21.7 1.5 0.1
Audi 22.4 22.4 22.3 0.1 0.0
Chevrolet 22.3 21.8 21.0 1.4 0.5
Lexus 22.3 22.4 22.3 0.0 0.0
BMW 22.2 22.5 19.9 2.3 -0.3
Ford 22.0 22.1 20.4 1.6 0.0
Chrysler 21.7 21.8 21.0 0.7 -0.1
Acura 21.3 21.5 20.7 0.7 -0.2
Volvo 21.3 21.4 20.5 0.8 -0.1
Lincoln 21.3 21.0 20.3 1.0 0.4
Dodge 21.0 20.5 20.3 0.8 0.5
Mercedes 20.7 20.4 18.5 2.2 0.3
Porsche 20.6 21.8 19.0 1.6 -1.3
Infiniti 20.2 20.4 20.0 0.2 -0.2
Jeep 19.2 19.4 18.6 0.5 -0.2
GMC 19.1 18.9 18.5 0.5 0.2
Cadillac 18.9 18.9 19.1 -0.2 0.0
Jaguar 18.0 18.1 18.1 -0.1 -0.1
Ram 15.8 15.8 15.5 0.3 0.0
Land Rover 15.1 17.8 14.3 0.9 -2.6

Looking at it by brand gives this picture.  If you want it broken out in different ways, head on over to the TrueCar site. If you want it broken out in ways TrueCar does not supply, I’m sure that for a nominal fee of $50,000  to $100,000 per report, it might be possible to supply the data.

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Americans Get Most Mileage Out Of Foreign Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/americans-get-most-mileage-out-of-foreign-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/americans-get-most-mileage-out-of-foreign-cars/#comments Sun, 06 May 2012 13:00:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=443021 When April sales data came out, a lot of noise was made of the shift towards gasoline-sipping small cars. Shrill voices feted sales of electric cars, which look like a rounding error, as a win in the war on terror. As so often, the truth is different. The new cars that hit the road in […]

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When April sales data came out, a lot of noise was made of the shift towards gasoline-sipping small cars. Shrill voices feted sales of electric cars, which look like a rounding error, as a win in the war on terror. As so often, the truth is different. The new cars that hit the road in April get, on average, slightly less mileage (23.3 mpg) than those sold in March (23.4 mpg). If the war on terror would honestly be waged on dealer lots, then the true heroes would be foreign mercenaries, with Americans occupying rear echelon slots.

“In April, we saw a slight increase in sales of trucks and SUVs, which factored into the decrease in the actual fuel economy of cars sold” said Jesse Toprak, Vice President of Market Intelligence at TrueCar.com. Each month, the Santa Monica, CA, company compiles the actual fuel economy numbers of then light vehicles sold in that month on a sales-weighted basis. TrueCar calls this number TrueMPG.

Average MPG
Manufacturer Apr ’12 Apr ’11 YoY
Hyundai 27.6 26.0 1.6
Volkswagen 26.8 25.2 1.6
Toyota 25.5 23.7 1.8
Honda 25.2 24.2 1.0
Nissan 23.4 22.6 0.8
Industry 23.3 22.2 1.1
Ford 22.1 21.1 1.0
GM 21.5 21.2 0.3
Chrysler 20.0 18.4 1.6

Compared to April 2011 (22.2 mpg), the average of all cars sold is up by more than a gallon, reflecting changes in technology and buying patterns. The leaders of the list improved more than the laggards. Again, as measured by what is actually bought and sold, America’s most fuel efficient cars are not American. The Detroit 3 rank below industry average. Chrysler has the worst showing. GM has the most measly increase in MPG. Ford is reaping the results of its fuel economy focus.

Average Car MPG
Manufacturer Apr ’12 Apr ’11 YoY
Toyota 31.0 28.6 2.4
Hyundai 29.3 27.0 2.3
Honda 27.9 27.4 0.5
Volkswagen 27.6 26.7 0.9
Industry 27.0 25.5 1.5
Nissan 26.5 24.9 1.6
Ford 26.3 25.4 0.9
GM 25.1 24.4 0.7
Chrysler 22.8 21.6 1.2

TrueCar breaks out is TrueMPG in a multitude of ways. Looking at the data by car and by truck does not change the overall picture much. In the car category, Toyota moves to the top.

Average Truck MPG
Manufacturer Apr ’12 Apr ’11 YoY
Hyundai 22.8 22.5 0.3
Honda 22.4 20.7 1.7
Volkswagen 21.8 20.5 1.3
Toyota 19.5 19.5 0
Industry 19.3 18.4 0.9
Nissan 19.2 18.5 0.7
GM 19.1 18.8 0.3
Ford 18.8 16.6 2.2
Chrysler 17.6 17.7 -0.1

Measured by (all types of) trucks alone, Hyundai reigns supreme, whereas Chrysler sells the most fuelly oinkers.

Average Small Car MPG
Manufacturer Apr ’12 Apr ’11 YoY
Toyota 35.7 33.1 2.5
Ford 32.2 28.6 3.6
Honda 32.2 29.8 2.0
Industry 31.9 29.2 2.7
Volkswagen 31.3 29.4 2.1
Nissan 30.7 28.5 1.9
Hyundai 30.4 29.8 1.3
GM 30.3 27.7 2.5
Mazda 29.7 26.0 3.7
Subaru 28.3 22.2 6.1
Mitsubishi 25.3 26.1 -0.8
Chrysler 25.0 24.5 0.7

An even thinner slicing of the data even further, finally brings respect to a Detroit maker. Ford is above average in the Small Car discipline, which is led by Toyota.

Average Midsize Car MPG
Manufacturer Apr ’12 Apr ’11 YoY
Volkswagen 29.3 24.6 4.7
Toyota 28.7 24.4 4.3
Hyundai 27.7 26.3 1.4
Ford 26.8 25.5 1.3
Industry 26.4 25.1 1.3
Honda 26.0 25.9 0.1
GM 25.8 25.5 0.3
Nissan 25.1 23.5 1.6
Suzuki 25.1 24.9 0.2
Mazda 24.7 23.8 0.9
Mitsubishi 24.3 24.3 0.0
Subaru 24.3 24.1 0.2
Chrysler 24.0 23.9 0.1

The midsize car category is in the hands of Germans, Japanese, and Koreans, with Ford in place four.

Average Large Truck MPG
Manufacturer Apr ’12 Apr ’11 YoY
Ford 17.4 16.2 1.2
Honda 17.2 16.9 0.3
GM 17.1 17.7 -0.6
Industry 16.8 16.4 0.4
Chrysler 15.8 16.2 -0.4
Toyota 15.4 15.6 -0.2
Nissan 14.3 14.2 0.1

At last, two Detroit makers above average, in the discipline that usually delivers abysmal mileage: Ford sells the most large trucks with the best mileage. GM, which had led this discipline a year ago, loses 0.6 miles and falls back to place three.

If you miss your favorite data view, go over to TrueCar, which gives you a few more.

TrueCars measures its TrueMPG using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ratings based on monthly automotive sales-weighted data. Calculations start at the trim level, taking into account EPA fuel economy data including engine size and drivetrain that affect a vehicle’s MPG ratings; the sales share from each trim level is then calculated to create an average for each model. Brand level data is calculated by the sales share of each model and the manufacturer data is then based on the share of each brand.

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The Cars You Get The Most Mileage Out Are Not American http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/the-cars-you-get-the-most-mileage-out-are-not-american/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/the-cars-you-get-the-most-mileage-out-are-not-american/#comments Thu, 12 Apr 2012 16:17:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=439589 “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 […]

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“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.

Average TrueMPG Average Car TrueMPG Average Truck TrueMPG
Manufacturer 12-Mar 11-Mar YoY 12-Mar 11-Mar YOY 12-Mar 11-Mar YoY
Hyundai/Kia 28.1 26 8.1% 29.7 27.4 8.4% 23.7 23.5 0.9%
Honda 25.4 24.1 5.4% 28.6 27.1 5.5% 22.8 21.2 7.5%
Toyota 25.4 23.4 8.5% 30.9 28.2 9.6% 19.5 18.8 3.7%
Nissan 23.9 23.3 2.6% 26.5 25.5 3.9% 20.4 20.2 1.0%
Ford 22.4 21 6.7% 26.8 25.2 6.3% 19.7 18.7 5.3%
GM 21.6 20.9 3.3% 25.3 24.2 4.5% 19 18.7 1.6%
Chrysler 19.7 18.8 4.8% 22.8 21.5 6.0% 18.1 18 0.6%
Industry 23.4 22 6.4% 27.1 25 8.4% 19.7 19.2 2.6%

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.

 

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