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Old 10-05-2009, 03:18 PM   #1
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Default Wards Reports August Light-Vehicle Sales Achieve Record Fuel-Efficiency Rating

Detroit MI Sep 25, 2009; Consumers went for miles-per-gallon in a big way in August, as U.S. light-vehicle sales achieved a record fuel-efficiency rating, the Ward’s Fuel-Economy Index shows.

The index, which measures the average miles-per-gallon per LV sold, hit a 23 mpg (10.2 L/100 km) average in the month, up 1% from the previous high set in July.
The August rating marked an 8% gain from year-ago’s 21.2 mpg (11.1 L/100 km) average.

The index is calculated using Environmental Protection Agency fuel-economy ratings for individual models and engine-installation rates gathered by Ward’s to estimate the relative fuel efficiency of U.S. car and light-truck sales on a monthly basis.

The Ward’s FEI indicates the “Cash for Clunkers” program, which offered consumers as much as $4,500 to trade low-mileage older vehicles for more fuel-efficient models during July and August, boosted the average fuel economy of LVs sold in both months to record highs that tracked well above trend.

The industry-wide index rating rose about 2% during the first half of the year, reaching 22.1 in June from 21.7 in January, before taking a nearly 3% jump from June to July (22.7).
The subsequent increase in August pushed the industry’s rating to 23 for the first time since October 2007, the baseline for the index

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Old 10-05-2009, 07:25 PM   #2
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Wow, 23 MPG is still low. Below CAFE standard.
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Old 10-05-2009, 08:11 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by SLegacy99 View Post
Wow, 23 MPG is still low. Below CAFE standard.
CAFE uses a different, more lenient metric than EPA regs so it's probably surprisingly close to meeting CAFE standards.
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Old 10-05-2009, 10:04 PM   #4
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Hmm, I didn't know I average 2-4 MPG above average. Too many trucks commuting.
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Old 10-05-2009, 10:33 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by SLegacy99 View Post
Wow, 23 MPG is still low. Below CAFE standard.
E85-capable vehicles get counted at mileage/.15, flex-fuel pickup trucks help the automakers meet cafe more than econoboxes do. The combined power of the auto and farm lobbies are absolutely mind-boggling to watch...
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Old 10-06-2009, 08:26 AM   #6
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This is a good thing, but it does not tell the entire story. Hopefully someone who purchases a F250 isn't using it to commute 20,000 miles per year. Overall, from what I have seen in the parking garage I work, the number of SUV's and Trucks is much smaller than 2 years ago. I know a guy who traded his Durrango for a 4 banger Camry. He said the 4wd only gave our employer a reason for him to come to work when it snows.
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