In August 2013, the average fuel economy for new cars and trucks sold in the U.S. hit an all-time high of 24.9 miles per gallon, according to a study from the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute released on Tuesday. That’s an increase of 4.8 gallons since 2007, when researchers found a national new vehicle average of 20.1 mpg.
Analysts suggest the improved fuel efficiency is a result of improved technologies and an increasing consumer demand for hybrid and fuel-efficient vehicles. Automakers are pushing to meet higher federal standards by 2016 when the corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) mandates kick in. CAFE pushes for 35.5 mpg by 2016 and 54.5 mpg by 2025.
Vehicle fuel efficiency reaches a high, nearing goal for 2016, New York Times
Average sales-weighted fuel-economy rating (window sticker) of purchased new vehicles from October 2007 through August 2013, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute