Sales-Weighted Fleet Fuel Economy For April

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

A lot has changed in the auto industry in the three years since I started writing here at TTAC, and one of the more heartening developments has been the move towards ever greater transparency for all kinds of data, from sales breakouts to incentives to sales-weighted fuel economy. Though I’d like to think that TTAC played a role in helping push towards greater transparency and disclosure, the real heroes of this story are Hyundai (which has begun to release its sales-weighted fuel economy each month and is moving towards quarterly fleet sales breakouts) and TrueCar, which has possibly done more to put information in the hands of auto consumers than anyone else (TTAC included). TTAC thanks everyone who is helping push the industry towards ever more disclosure, and invites you to take advantage of these newly-available data points in order to better understand the ever-evolving face of the US auto industry. Here we present TrueCar’s TrueMPG data for April, which shows a .2 MPG improvement across the industry since April 2010.

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  • IDANECK IDANECK on May 03, 2011

    It'll be interesting to see how much Subaru jumps next year with the FB20/CVT combo Impreza forthcoming. Especially since their fleet share very similiar MPG numbers across the board. Dump the turbo models and the average would only jump a few MPG. Add a vehicle, which will sell more of since it will finally be competitive on this front, with at least 10 mpg increase. I guess I'll be interested, especially since Subaru's lineup usually doesn't have too many variables like larger companies.

  • Z71_Silvy Z71_Silvy on May 03, 2011

    How could Ford trucks be LESS than GM when Ford has all of those so-called ECO boost engines running around? Oh...that's right...they're not ECO at all...juts a V6 that gets V8 mileage.

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    • Moedaman Moedaman on May 04, 2011

      Yet, Ford's truck fleet average greatly improved while GM's was virtually unchanged. I guess those new engines are working out.

  • SV SV on May 03, 2011

    How are Toyota's small car ratings so much higher than everyone else's? The Corolla may get amazing gas mileage in the real world, but its EPA ratings are nothing special.

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    • Steven02 Steven02 on May 04, 2011

      @CJinSD SV, The Prius is definitely the reason and TrueCar is doing the ratings. The Prius is midsize by the EPA, but so is the Cruze. The Accord Sedan is a large car by the EPA. It really doesn't make sense for these cars to compete in those brackets because they are on the bottom end of the sizing comparison. That is why the Cruze and Prius are considered small and the Accord midsize.

  • SVX pearlie SVX pearlie on May 03, 2011

    It is interesting that fuel economy is an inverse of transaction price. If Hyundai could have GM's industry-highest transaction prices, at the expense of their current industry-leading mileage, I'm sure they'd take it.

    • Steven02 Steven02 on May 04, 2011

      Hyundai doesn't sell trucks. Hyundai also doesn't sell as many large SUVs/CUVs as GM. It is really a pretty simple equation. The bigger the vehicle, the lower it costs, the worse fuel economy it gets. If Hyundai sold more Genesis and Equus models, then their fuel economy would go down but transaction price would be up. I am guessing they are happy where they are with the products they have and the mpg ratings that they have.