EPA Confirms: America's Most Fuel-Efficient Cars Are Not American
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.
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 EconomyAverage MPGAverage Car MPGAverage Truck MPGManufacturerJan’13Jan’12YoYJan’13Jan’12YoYJan’13Jan’12YoYHyundai26.826.8028.428.5-0.123.123.2-0.1Honda25.925.40.529.628.90.622.422.40Volkswagen25.9220.127.116.117.2-0.221.921.70.2Nissan24.923.61.329.818.104.22.1680.1Toyota24.624.6-0.129.629.6-0.119.219.4-0.2Industry23.422.90.527.426.60.819.919.60.3Ford22.822.214.171.124.82.419.919.60.4GM21.3126.96.36.1994.90.31918.90.1Chrysler20.7188.8.131.522.51.418.918.20.8Source: 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.
Bloggin on Mar 16, 2013
This is distorted comparison. None of the Japanese brands are 'full line' manufacturers in the US. GM and Ford have large commercial vehicle/truck lines, along with several large SUVs needed in the US, that the Japanese brands do not offer. This report would carry more weight if it broke out the passenger cars, from the trucks, SUVs and commercial vehicles.
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