Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Fuel hits all-time record: 23.8 mpg

Fuel hits all-time record: 23.8 mpg

Paul A. Eisenstein, the Detroit Bureau
American motorists are more and more from their new cars as the average fuel consumption of new cars and trucks sold rose by 6 percent and set an all-time high in the year 2012 as consumers of higher gas prices and the increasing availability of attractive products of high-mileage, said according to a study.

University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute-eco-driving-index indicating the average fuel consumption of new vehicles in 2012 on a record 23.8 mpg, 1.3 mpg from 2011 and 2.9 mpg from 2008 bought.

But whether this trend will continue, especially with the economy recovering and fuel prices fall - at least for the moment – remains to be seen. Study that found University of the fuel consumption of vehicles in December bought 23.9 mpg below 0.2 mpg from November, probably due to the last reduction in the price of gasoline.

General Motors is the first U.S. automaker in its home market in a year to sell more than 1 million vehicles, which get mpg or better on the highway of cycle 30 an EPA-estimated.

Industry observers note that a variety of factors were restructuring of the U.S. auto market. While consumers to smaller vehicles have started is the greater tendency to smaller and more economical drives, change including turbocharged and hybrid alternatives.

"Our investment in advanced powertrains clearly pay off and be our smaller vehicles with customers, resonance", said Mark Reuss, President of GM North America. "In the year 2013, we introduce new diesel eAssist and plug ins to expand the availability of the turbocharged four-cylinder engines and vehicles in the United States." This will give the technologically diverse economical cars and crossovers in the industry us."

Thirteen GM vehicles at least a comprehensive model that achieved with at least 30 mpg highway, and the manufacturers have known, it was the first to sell more than 30 mpg at least 1 million vehicles in a single year of 2012.

Small cars were selling Ford 29% in 2012, with 316.006 vehicles sold. Focus sales gained 40% in the course of the year, and the new C-MAX next its strong selling rate. Were in the first four months of sales 13.309 C-MAX vehicles sold and thus fastest selling beginning each hybrid vehicle in the industry.

The shift, however, is about the steady growth of the smaller vehicles, which is driven by pricing. Automakers have withdrawn many of their older, full-size vehicles and replaced them with newer models that are significantly more fuel efficient. The completely newly designed Toyota Avalon 2013 gets 31 miles per gallon on the highway.

Even Chrysler, which remains, his RAM pick-up truck that is most fuel efficient full-size pickup on the market adds today getting 25 mpg, often behind their rivals in the fuel economy has improved during total fuel economy of all pick-up trucks in the last years.

The pickup segment provides a good example as the U.S. market shifted. All three are the Detroit makers with new mileage reduced emphasis on drive trains. Ford, in particular has seen from half of the F-series buyers shift to the V-6 offers in the last year, including the V-6 EcoBoost, nor the towing and payload capacity of the Ford truck classic V 8s can match.

Nevertheless Americans were expected a record sum on petrol in the year 2012, after spending $490 billion in 2011 - which is approximately 100 billion $ to spend in 2010 more than figure. Last year count is expected to be in about 500 billion $ come.

While nationwide fuel prices approached to record levels in the spring – and indeed the all-time high in California this year due to supply problems exceeded - gasoline prices have fallen heavily in recent weeks.

They are currently $3.30 per gallon average according to the energy information agency, down from $3.45 a month ago. Now, gas prices are the same as they were a year ago.

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