Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
NewsFeeder

AutoBlog: Average new car mpg levels hit record high in August, spurred by Cash for Clunkers

4 posts in this topic

Filed under: Etc.

c4c-window-soap-630-getty.jpg

cars-green-white-logoo.pngThe success or failure of the Cash for Clunkers program that recently came to an end here in the United States has been and will continue to be debatable, but at least some good was accomplished by the legislation. According to data compiled by Wards Auto, the average new car fuel mileage hit a new record of 23 miles per gallon in August, which is a gain of approximately eight percent from August of 2008.

As far as individual automakers go, Toyota came out on top with an average of 26.9 mpg for all cars sold in August, followed by Kia at 25.1 and Hyundai at 24.9 mpg. American nameplates made the biggest mileage jump, rising about four percent from August of 2008 to 20.4 mpg - a new record.

Nobody knows exactly what will happen when the sales figures from September are calculated, but many experts are predicting that fuel efficiency will take a nosedive now that C4C will no longer be offering up to $4,500 to trade up to a new, more efficient car or truck. Overall though, fuel efficiency is likely to steadily increase over the next few years in correlation with the latest CAFE requirements.

[source: Wards Auto via Green Car Reports | Image: Kevork Djansezian/Getty]

Average new car mpg levels hit record high in August, spurred by Cash for Clunkers originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 30 Sep 2009 08:19:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Read | Permalink | Email this | Comments

di
di

autoblog?i=bs45IWlgTLw:UnODR5bCl0o:wF9xT autoblog?i=bs45IWlgTLw:UnODR5bCl0o:V_sGL
bs45IWlgTLw

View the full article
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Maybe this helped some people get out of 12 MPG money pits into cars they could afford to drive....

Chris

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Toyota averaged 26.9 mpg, and the domestics were only 20.4 mpg. So the fuel economy gap isn't just in public perception, it is in reality.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Reality in one sense, yes. Toyota can't seem to build a fullsize truck to save its ass. A lot of the vehicles traded were trucks for more efficient trucks. people bitch about this but someone trading in a 91 Silverado for a 2009 Silverado may well gain four or five mpg.

A lot of people doing that will save a lot of fuel.

A Focus will get the same or better fuel economy as a Corolla, and be a much better drive to boot.

Chris

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Your content will need to be approved by a moderator

Guest
You are commenting as a guest. If you have an account, please sign in.
Reply to this topic...

×   You have pasted content with formatting.   Remove formatting

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0