US: EPA says 2013 model year cars saw record fuel economy image

The US Environmental Protection Agency announced that the improvements of vehicles with greater fuel economy would yield savings of billions of dollars annually for American drivers.

According to the EPA’s latest annual report, the new light-duty vehicle fuel economy for the 2013 model year has reached an all-time high in the 2013 model year, with an average of 24.1 miles per gallon, an increase of 0.5 mpg from 2012. Naturally (as the two are tied to each other), average carbon dioxide emissions also dropped to a new, record low. The agency also added that since 2004 the average fuel economy has increased by almost 5 mpg, with the figures up for eight of the last nine years.

“Today’s announcement points to the greatness of American ingenuity and the strength of our auto industry,” EPA administrator Gina McCarthy said.

“The realization of this accomplishment came in part due to the introduction of three all-new fuel-efficient models for the 2013 model year – Altima, Pathfinder and Sentra,” adds the Nissan Group.

While the EPA said that Mazda had the greatest fuel economy of all makers, at 28.1 mpg, for its 2013 car and light truck fleet, the greatest overall improvement came from Japan’s Nissan. The improvements in the maker’s range of models led to a fleet-wide fuel economy of 26.2 mpg, up 8.7% from the 2012 model year.

Via Reuters