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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 … car owners surveyed April 28 and May 2, 2011.

While manufacturers will lots of flexibility in how to meet the new target, it will drive the of a variety of options including hybrid and plug-in hybrid in addition to more fuel conventional vehicles whether or diesel powered. Consumer in alternative vehicles is growing— Reports’ survey also that about seven out of ten planning to buy a vehicle are considering an power train, such as electric, or flex fuel.

reducing vehicle mass be essential in improving fuel Consumer Reports is confident lighter vehicles will not compromise vehicle safety. For a contemporary family sedan as the Hyundai Sonata weighs pounds and still achieves a Top Pick by the IIHS. It weighs less than its previous and about 6% less than the family sedan. By contrast, a 200 weighs 3,590 pounds a Top-Safety Pick) but with no or interior room advantage. The new Civic at 2,810 pounds received a Top Safety Pick and 400 pounds less (about 9%) the Chevrolet Cruze, a direct

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