Fuel efficiency gains for new vehicles sold in the US were in a bit of a holding pattern last month, according to a new report from TrueCar. Fleetwide fuel efficiency for new US light-duty vehicles in September rose 5.5 percent compared to 2011 figures, but remained the same as August 2012 figures.

In September, new cars got an average of 23.2 miles per gallon, up from an even 22 miles per gallon in September 2011. Through the first three quarters of 2012, US fleetwide new-vehicle fuel economy has been up 5.9 percent from 2011. Looking at individual automaker figures, Toyota showed the biggest year-over-year fuel efficiency gain (with a 1.4 percent increase), while Honda and General Motors both made 1.1 percent advances. On the flipside, Volkswagen's fuel efficiency gains were the lowest among the automakers tested, rising just 0.2 percent from a year ago. More details available below.
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AVERAGE FUEL ECONOMY FOR NEW CARS SOLD FLAT AT 23.2 MPG IN SEPTEMBER 2012 ACCORDING TO TRUECAR.COM'S TRUEMPG

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 9, 2012 -- TrueCar.com, the authority on new car pricing information, trends and forecasting, today provided actual fuel economy numbers from September light vehicle auto sales that indicate TrueMPGTM increased to 23.2 mpg in September 2012 compared to 22.0 mpg in September 2011, and stayed flat from August 2012 at 23.2 mpg.

Through the first three quarters of 2012, TrueMPG has averaged 23.2 MPG from 21.9 MPG over the same time period in 2011, which is the highest ever for the industry," said Jesse Toprak, Vice President of Market Intelligence at TrueCar.com. "GM, Toyota, and Honda increased their fuel economy the most over a year ago as consumers continued to flock to small cars due to unseasonably high gas prices and compelling product."

Below is how the top eight manufacturers fared comparing overall mpg, broken out by car and truck mpg:

Average MPG Average Car MPG Average Truck MPG
Manufacturer Sep-12 Sep-11 YoY Sep-12 Sep-11 YoY Sep-12 Sep-11 YoY
Chrysler 20.0 19.2 0.8 23.9 22.6 1.4 18.3 17.7 0.6
Ford 21.9 21.0 0.9 26.6 25.8 0.8 19.8 19.3 0.6
GM 21.5 20.4 1.1 25.1 24.9 0.3 18.8 18.5 0.3
Honda 25.0 23.9 1.1 26.8 27.5 -0.7 22.3 21.0 1.3
Hyundai 27.5 26.7 0.8 29.4 28.7 0.7 23.9 23.7 0.2
Nissan 24.0 23.4 0.7 26.7 26.3 0.4 20.1 19.7 0.4
Toyota 24.6 23.3 1.4 29.1 27.7 1.5 19.3 18.9 0.3
Volkswagen 26.6 26.4 0.2 27.1 27.9 -0.8 21.6 19.2 2.4
Industry 23.2 22.0 1.2 26.3 25.8 0.5 19.8 19.2 0.6


According to TrueCar.com, the TrueMPGTM for vehicles sold by U.S. manufacturers averaged 21.2 MPG in September 2012, up from 20.2 MPG in September 2011. European manufacturers increased their average fuel economy for vehicles sold from 21.9 MPG to 23.4 MPG; Japanese manufacturers increased their average fuel economy from last year at 23.5 MPG to 24.8 MPG; and South Korean manufacturers increased their average fuel economy for vehicles from 26.7 MPG to 27.5 MPG.

Below is a snapshot of a few vehicle segments and how they compare from September 2012 versus September 2011:

Average Small Car MPG Average Midsize Car MPG Average Large Truck MPG
Manufacturer Sep-12 Sep-11 YoY Sep-12 Sep-11 YoY Sep-12 Sep-11 YoY
Chrysler 31.1 25.0 6.0 23.9 24.1 -0.2 15.8 15.6 0.2
Ford 32.3 32.1 0.2 26.8 26.6 0.2 17.4 17.5 -0.1
GM 30.5 30.4 0.0 26.3 25.2 1.2 17.1 17.0 0.1
Honda 31.9 31.8 0.1 26.3 25.4 0.9 17.2 16.9 0.3
Hyundai 31.3 31.1 0.2 28.0 27.5 0.4 N/A N/A N/A
Mazda 30.8 26.1 4.7 23.3 24.8 -1.5 N/A N/A N/A
Mitsubishi 25.2 25.9 -0.7 24.3 24.3 0.0 N/A N/A N/A
Nissan 31.1 30.7 0.4 27.6 25.0 2.5 14.3 14.3 0.0
Subaru 28.3 21.5 6.8 25.4 24.2 1.3 N/A N/A N/A
Suzuki N/A N/A N/A 25.1 25.2 -0.1 N/A N/A N/A
Toyota 34.8 33.5 1.3 28.3 25.0 3.4 15.6 15.8 -0.2
Volkswagen 30.8 30.6 0.2 29.2 30.0 -0.9 N/A N/A N/A
Industry 31.8 30.6 1.2 26.9 25.6 1.4 16.8 16.8 0.0

TrueMPGTM is an easy-to-understand and objective way to comprehend monthly fuel economy averages by brand, manufacturer, origin and vehicle segments using Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") ratings based on estimated and/or actual monthly automotive sales-weighted data. TrueCar.com seeks to provide transparency and truth in average fuel economy, providing an alternative view to Corporate Average Fuel Economy ("CAFE") ratings that can be confusing and misleading. TrueMPGTM helps keep in perspective what each manufacturer's average miles per gallon per car sold, computed monthly and annually, by using the EPA's window sticker ratings.

TrueMPGTM computes monthly average fuel economy by brand, manufacturer, origin and vehicle segments by using actual sales data or forecasted sales data for the current month. Calculations start at the trim level, taking into account EPA fuel economy data including engine size and drivetrain that affect a vehicle's MPG ratings; the sales share from each trim level is then calculated to create an average for each model. Brand level data is calculated by the sales share of each model and the manufacturer data is then based on the share of each brand, providing an accurate and completely data driven picture of actual measured MPGs in the market place. TrueCar utilizes the EPA's average fuel economy rating using 45 percent highway and 55 percent city driving behavior.

For additional data on TrueMPG by brand, manufacturer, origin and vehicle segment, please visit the TrueCar Truth Blog. The TrueMPG data will be released in September's TrueCar.com TrueTrends report. You can follow TrueCar on Twitter (@TrueCar) and become a fan of TrueCar on Facebook and Google+.

About TrueCar, Inc.

TrueCar, Inc., headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif., with offices in Santa Barbara, Calif., San Francisco, Calif., and Austin, Texas, is an automotive pricing information and analysis company that creates a better buying experience for dealers and consumers. As an online publisher of unbiased new and used car transaction data, TrueCar.com provides price reports that empower dealers and consumers to agree on the parameters of a fair deal by supplying a transparent, simple understanding of what others recently paid for identically-equipped new cars in their geographic area. TrueCar also owns ALG, the benchmark for vehicle value information to the automotive industry and has been forecasting residual values for nearly 50 years in both the U.S. and Canadian markets.

TrueCar is a data-driven company that sources and compiles car-buying information unlike anybody in the industry. This is why, since its founding in 2005, TrueCar dealer partners have sold over 600,000 vehicles across the country. Its national network of more than 4,700 Certified Dealers is committed to provide no-hassle pricing for some of the country's largest membership and service organizations, including American Express, AAA, USAA and Consumer Reports that collectively represent more than one million monthly in-market customers.

You can follow TrueCar on Twitter (@TrueCar) and become a fan of TrueCar on Facebook and Google+.

Disclaimer

This press release and the information contained herein is for noncommercial use on "as-is, as available" basis and may be used for informational purposes only. TrueCar makes no representations or warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in this press release and the results of the use of such information, including without limitation, the implied warranty of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement. The information contained in this press release may include technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. Neither TrueCar nor any of its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates or respective partners, officers, or directors, employees or agents shall be held liable for any damages, whether direct, incidental, indirect, special or consequential, including without limitation lost revenues or lost profits, arising from or in connection with your use or reliance on the information presented in this press release.


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      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      The headline is misleading. The 23.2 seems to be for new car purchases, not for the 'fleet' which would be an average of all cars currently on the road. The US 'fleet' efficiency may be less than 20. :-/
        EZEE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spec
        Glass half empty.... I think the other hi,bet would be difficult to calculate. How many 76 torino's are still on the road? Hard to say. Would be curious to see about the weight change. Mostly safety, or other factors? 5,500 lb Audi suv's blow my mind. If they are getting 40mpg out of Elantra and Focii cars that weight 3500 lbs, what about how it would be if they had 2000 lbs weights, like 15 or so years ago? Little need for a hybrid...
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      I know it is all futile. Everything our government has tried to do since the 1970's has failed. And most people will just want lower prices and not accept any market-driven ( price ) incentive towards alternatives - do you remember how alternative fuel and battery tech investment/research exploded in in 2008-2009? Then died off as soon as oil prices started going down.. It is just frustrating to watch the lemmings walk off a cliff. Oil is valuable for many things and we shouldn't be using so much for transportation. Oh well, what's new
      Paul
      • 2 Years Ago
      According to their chart: Current Average MPG for new car sales: 26.3 Current Average MPG for new light truck sales: 19.8 With the new 2025 CAFE requirements, both of those EPA numbers will have to increase by about 10 or so. With that being the case, I think we're going to have to see some major changes in buying habits over the next 12 years if they expect to hit that target. Mainly, a lot more plug-ins, hybrids, and even diesels being sold. Even with the lower standard for light trucks/suvs, I think that's going to be the hardest hit segment. CUVs are pretty much carrying that class right now and they're going to have to improve a lot more if they are going to continue to do so. Even the BOF stuff is going to have to see a significant improvement, likely to 25+ mpg combined. A pretty healthy jump when you consider the best of the full size BOF pickups right now struggle to hit 20. In that respect, I don't think lighter body panels and more transmission speeds are going to be enough. They're going to have to see some significant changes, which will certainly ruffle some feathers among full size truck and BOF SUV buyers, who generally aren't very welcoming of major changes. We're definitely in for an interesting time ahead.
        Smith Jim
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Paul
        I hate it when people use a TLA with the assumption that everyone knows the meaning of the TLA.
          EZEE
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Smith Jim
          @ford That is the greatest thing you have ever said. I salute you, good sir!
          Ford Future
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Smith Jim
          TLA - Tender Love'n A**?
          Spec
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Smith Jim
          I write for a living and I agree. I never use a Three Letter Acronym (TLA) without defining it initially just like I did with this sentence. I can see using ones like CAFE and EPA that come up here all the time. But BOF? CUV?
          Shiba
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Smith Jim
          BOF = Body on Frame CUV = Crossover Utility Vehicle Both a pretty common automotive acronyms.
          EZEE
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Smith Jim
          So I says to myrtle (pronounced 'moytle'), myrtle, send me the RSVP, ASAP, if not, the gathering will be FUBAR. I will use AOL to email an SOS regarding the JFK MLK celebration, not forgetting RFK. you can drive your CTS and I will take my MKT and meet at LAX.
        usbseawolf2000
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Paul
        It is a common mistake a lot of people make. Those average MPGs are EPA sticker figures (weighted down to reflect the real-world). CAFE numbers are straight from dynomometer, raw numbers from just 2 of the 5 cycles. For example, 50 MPG Prius has CAFE MPG of about 71.
      EZEE
      • 2 Years Ago
      Interesting point. Wouldn't a floating tax rate be cool? Just do a flat sales tax, maybe, and say, 'oh hey, the government is planning on spending this much this year, so to make sure we have no deficit, the tax rate will be XX%.' Make it a sales tax, so people have to say, 'whoa...do we really want this?' I already got nick(!) to sign on to a flat 20% consumption tax...
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make them drink. Stop subsidizing foreign and domestic oil and you will see these numbers improve overnight.
        Spec
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        The big problem is that the direct subsidies are pretty small. Those should be eliminated but they are pretty much a rounding error for oil industry revenues/profits. The huge subsidies are the hidden/indirect subsidies. The amount of money spent on the 5th fleet based in the Persian/Arab Gulf is a huge oil industry subsidy. Another huge subsidy is the fact that the oil industry and oil users are allowed to dump massive amounts of waste into the atmosphere without paying anything for it. Other companies are not allowed to dump so much waste freely. Those two subsidies are the MASSIVE subsidies that the oil industry receives but we ignore them.
        fefifofum
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        Yeah, that'll happen. Politicians like to get reelected don't ya know? If gas goes up due to anything they do, they are done for, they know this.
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