Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Transportation has posted the new fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks for model-year 2011, which includes an increase of 2.0 m.p.g. over the 2010 model-year average.

On January 26, 2009, President Barack Obama directed the Department of Transportation to review relevant legal, technological and scientific considerations associated with establishing more stringent fuel economy standards, and to finalize the 2011 model-year standard by the end of March. “These standards are important steps in the nation’s quest to achieve energy independence and bring more fuel efficient vehicles to American families,” said Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.

The new standards will raise the industry-wide combined average to 27.3 m.p.g. (8.7 L/100 km), saving about 887 million gallons of fuel and 8.3 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.

The new standard will use an attribute-based system, which sets fuel economy standards for individual vehicle models based on size. LaHood noted that work on the multi-year fuel economy plan for model years after 2011 is already well underway.

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