According to a research made by Baum & Associates, in the first half of 2012 fuel efficiency of new cars in the US hit an all-time high.
Alan Baum, principal of Baum & Associates, said that the average rate was 23.8 m.p.g., an increase of 1.1 m.p.g. over the same period last year. When analyzing this issue, several factors must be taken into consideration: the increased number of hybrids and plug-in hybrid vehicles, the new gas-powered cars have a smaller engine that the models they replace and the auto industry is already making changes to meet the government’s requirement of 35.5 m.p.g. by 2016.
“In the past, the way the fuel economy of the cars sold increased was by people reducing the size of their vehicles and in this case, we got a 1.1 m.p.g. increase. That’s a lot in one year and the primary reason was there was improvement in miles per gallon across the board,” Baum said.
Higher m.p.g. also means that consumers are more concerned about the environment and how much they spend on gas, and automakers are complying with this change and the new fuel economy requirements only because it’s good for business.