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CR: 56 mpg vehicle standard is good, 62 mpg

June 30, 2011

Consumers Says 56 Miles-Per-Gallon Vehicle is Good, but 62 MPG is Better

Aggressive Economy Standard by 2025 Save Consumers Money and Cut Oil Consumption

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Reports today commented on fuel economy standards for currently being considered by the Administration. Fuel economy or (corporate average fuel standards for new vehicles are already to improve from an average of miles per gallon today to mpg by 2016. The White House is a range of improvements from 47 to 62 mpg by with news reports the Administration is mulling a 56-mpg Moving to 62 mpg by 2025 is estimated to consumers about $6,000 in costs over the life of the and cut U.S. gasoline consumption by

Jim Guest, president of Consumers the publisher of Consumer Reports . “Improving fuel economy is one of the most effective ways to consumers money at the pump. We that an aggressive standard a long lead time for manufacturers will foster the of better cars that use gas at an affordable price.”

David Champion, the senior of Consumer Reports’ auto division, said, “A minimum of 56 miles per gallon is definitely for consumers and currently achievable, but 62 is better. Technologies to attain level of improvement exist, and the can incorporate them over the 15 years,” says Champion. advanced technologies are currently on the today. ”In our testing, we’ve seen highway consumption of 55 mpg in a Prius hybrid and 49 mpg in a Volkswagen diesel.”

A recent Consumer Reports says car buyers want fuel economy and are willing to pay for it. 62 of survey respondents said they buy their next they expect to choose a with better gas mileage their current car. 58 said they were to pay extra money for a more vehicle. These findings from a Consumer Reports Research Center poll of adult car owners surveyed April 28 and May 2, 2011.

While will retain lots of in how to meet the new CAFE target, it drive the development of a variety of including electric, hybrid and hybrid vehicles, in addition to fuel efficient conventional whether gasoline or diesel Consumer interest in alternative is growing— Consumer Reports’ also showed that seven out of ten consumers planning to buy a are considering an alternative power such as hybrid, electric, or fuel.

Importantly, reducing vehicle will be essential in improving economy. Consumer Reports is that lighter vehicles not necessarily compromise vehicle For example, a contemporary family such as the Hyundai Sonata 3,210 pounds and still a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS. It 7.5% less than its generation and about 6% less the average family sedan. By a Chrysler 200 weighs 3,590 (also a Top-Safety Pick) but no performance or interior room The new Honda Civic at 2,810 also received a Top Safety and weighs 400 pounds less 9%) than the Chevrolet Cruze, a competitor.

David Butler, 202.462.6262


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