October 5, 2007

U.S. consumers divided equally on fuel efficiency purchases, report says

Washington, D.C. – A new report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that American consumers are purchasing roughly the same percentage of less fuel-efficient vehicles as they are more fuel-efficient ones, when compared to average new fleet fuel economy.

The U.S. new fleet fuel economy has averaged 10.0 L/100 km (28 mpg Imp) from 2000 to 2007. During that period, the percentage of sales of new vehicles offering between 11.5 L/100 km and 9.2 L/100 km (25 mpg to 31 mpg Imp) has dropped from 43.3 per cent to 34.3 per cent. At the same time, vehicles with fuel efficiency ranging from 15.1 L/100 km to 11.5 L/100 km (19 mpg to 25 mpg Imp) have increased their sales from 38.1 to 41.8 per cent.

The EPA says that this number represents the largest percentage of projected new vehicle sales in the U.S. for 2007.

The report says that sales of light trucks, including SUVs, vans and pickup trucks, have accounted for about 50 per cent of the U.S. light-duty vehicle market since model-year 2002, and that after two decades of constant growth, light truck market share has been relatively stable for the last six years.

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