September 27, 2007
Light duty trucks help improve EPA’s average fuel economy rating in U.S.
Washington, D.C. – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reporting an increase in fuel efficiency for 2006 and 2007 new cars and trucks, to an average of 20.2 mpg (12.2 L/100 km). For the first time, fuel economy values are based on new, more realistic EPA test methods that have taken effect for model-year 2008 vehicles.
The EPA’s annual report provides data on the fuel economy and technology characteristics of new light-duty vehicles, and confirms that average fuel economy improved in both 2005 and 2006, the first consecutive annual increases since the mid-1980s. Most of the increase in overall fuel economy since 2004 has been due to higher light-duty truck economy, and a slightly lower light truck market share, which peaked in 2004 at 52 per cent, and is projected to be 49 per cent in 2007.
For recent model years, the improved testing method yields industry-wide combined city and highway fuel economy estimates that are about six per cent lower than past estimates.