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USA: Average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in U.S. approaching record-high, researchers say

Americans are increasingly buying more fuel-efficient vehicles, according to a recent report.

Researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute say the average fuel economy of cars, light trucks, minivans and SUVs sold in November was 22.7 miles per gallon, up from 22.6 mpg in October and up from 22.1 mpg in both August and September.

According to Michael Sivak, research professor and head of UMTRI’s Human Factors Group, the highest average ever recorded was 23 mpg in March.

The average mpg for vehicles sold in the U.S. this year is about 22.5 mpg. In 2011, it was 22.1; in 2009, it was 21.7 mpg; and in 2008 it was about 20.7 mpg.


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