US: average fuel economy goes down in April image

According to researchers from the University of Michigan, U.S., the average fuel economy for light vehicles sold in the U.S. went down 0.2 mpg in April compared to March because of bigger SUV and truck sales.

Michael Sivak and Brando Schoettle, who conducted the research, said that the average window-sticker value for new cars, SUVs, pick-ups and vans reached in April 25.2 mpg compared to 25.4 in March. An email statement from the two researchers explained that “This drop likely reflects the increased proportion of pickup trucks and SUVs in the sales mix.”

However, April is the 15th month in a row when the average fuel economy is at least 25 mpg. The report monitored for the first time the average fuel economy in October 2007, and looking back, the fuel economy has seen a 5.1 mpg increase up to the present.

The average fuel economy of 25.3 mpg between October 2014 and April 2015 did not spot any changes from the same period a previous year. Schoettle said in an interview last month that the fuel economy will probably rise and that by the sixth-month mark in 2015, it will see an increase from a year earlier.

This year January was the first month that the average fuel economy has seen a rise since August 2014 when it reached its peak of 25.8 mpg. At a steady 25.3 mpg from September through November last year, the average fuel economy went down to 25 mpg in December, then up to 25.4 in January and the down again to 25.2 in February.


By Gabriela Florea