September 6, 2007

U.S. cars to carry redesigned fuel economy stickers

An example of the new EPA fuel economy sticker
An example of the new EPA fuel economy sticker. Click image to enlarge

Washington, D.C. – In order to provide clearer and accurate fuel economy information to U.S. consumers, all new cars, light trucks and SUVs produced after September 1, 2007 will feature a newly redesigned window sticker. The new label includes the estimated annual cost of fuel, how the vehicle’s economy compares to others within its class, and a Web site for more information. The new labels reflect changes in fuel economy ratings by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

“EPA’s updated fuel economy estimates will help Americans avoid sticker shock when filling up at the pump,” says EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson. “By considering fuel use when shopping for new cars and trucks, consumers are in the driver’s seat to save money and protect our environment.”

The changes coincide with the adoption of new methods to determine the miles per gallon (MPG) estimates that appear on the stickers. The new methods, which took effect for model year 2008 vehicles, will bring MPG estimates closer to a vehicle’s actual fuel use, by including such factors as driving at high speeds, aggressive acceleration, air conditioning use and driving in cold temperatures.

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