Fiat Chrysler is behind schedule in EPA’s latest report image

The US Environmental Protection Agency just released its annual report that showed the 2013 model year cars’ fuel economy status. While automakers generally made enough progress, one has been singled out – and not for the right reasons.

Newly established Fiat Chrysler Automobiles – actually its US arm, Chrysler Group LLC, to be more precise – finished last in the federal regulator’s study of fuel economy increases. And that’s not a big surprise – after all this is the automaker that has unveiled two Dodge models that can eat as much as 1.5 gallons of gasoline a minute!

Products such as the 707-hp Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcat, together with a 3-to-1 sales ratio in favor of trucks, put the question mark on FCA’s ability to meet stringent CAFE regulations to be introduced in 2025. The automaker finished last in the report that included 11 major carmakers.

The EPA said in its annual study about fuel economy that 2013 model year cars and trucks have seen the average rise by 0.5 mpg to an industry record of 24.1 mpg. Meanwhile, FCA’s cars and light trucks average fuel economy stood at 20.9 mpg – an increase of 0.8 mpg from the 2012 model year. The agency did stress that Ram’s 1500 EcoDiesel is the most fuel-efficient truck on the market.

Via Automotive News