A study of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute shows that the fuel economy of new articles sold in the States in January was at a record high. Although there has been observed an increase in the average monthly emissions from October until November, the greenhouse gas emissions were down 14% compared to 2010.
The average fuel economy of light trucks, minivans, cars and SUVs bought in January was 23.0 m.p.g., the same as the all-time monthly record set in March 2011, which means 4% (0.8 m.p.g.) improvement from the average in December.
The 23.0 m.p.g average fuel economy for the cars purchased in January is 0.5 m.p.g. better than 2011 and with 2.5 m.p.g. than 4 years ago. These results are not surprising since all automakers try to improve the fuel efficiency of their cars to meet increasingly stringent regulations and to attract customers.
The Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration plans to increase fuel economy to 54.5 m.p.g. by 2025. Although the automakers said that they will try to deal with the new rules, the National Automobile Dealers Association worries that the expensive technology to meet new standards will rise the price for new vehicles making them out of the reach for many buyers.