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Tue April 10, 2012
Record-breaking March for fuel-efficient car sales
The average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the US reached an all-time high last month.
That's according to a recently-released report from the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute.
A U of M press release has more:
Average fuel economy (window-sticker values) of cars, light trucks, minivans and SUVs purchased in March was 24.1 mpg, up from 23.9 in February and 23.6 in January, and now 20 percent (4 mpg) higher than October 2007, the first month of monitoring by UMTRI researchers Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle.
The Detroit News reports that US automakers have also noticed this trend:
General Motors Co. said last week that its 12 vehicles getting 30 mpg or better on the highway had combined U.S. sales of about 100,000 for March — the automaker's highest ever monthly total.
"Three years ago, about 16 percent of the vehicles GM sold achieved at least 30 mpg on the highway. Today, that number is about 40 percent," said GM North America President Mark Reuss.
-John Klein Wilson, Michigan Radio Newsroom
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