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AddEPA: Average fuel economy hit 22.4 mpg, a new record, in 2009

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, which first started keeping track of such things way back in 1975 around the time of the first fuel crisis in America, the average fuel economy of all vehicles sold in the U.S. hit a record high in 2009. For those favoring hard data, that equals 22.4 miles per gallon. Not surprisingly, average fuel economy has been on an upward path over the last several years (excluding a small dip in 2008).

21EPA issues first-ever fuel efficiency and emissions standard proposal for heavy-duty vehicles

As expected, the EPA has released its first-ever proposal for greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards for heavy-duty vehicles. The proposal, and that's all it is at this point, would create three new categories for heavy trucks: combination tractors, heavy-duty pickups and vans, and vocational vehicles. The rules will cover on-road vehicles with a gross vehicle weight at or above 8,500 pounds, unless these vehicles are already covered under CAFE. All of these proposals would start with the

AddEPA issues first-ever fuel efficiency and emissions standard proposal for heavy-duty vehicles

As expected, the EPA has released its first-ever proposal greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards for heavy-duty vehicles. The proposal, and that's all it is at this point, would create three new categories for heavy trucks: combination tractors, heavy-duty pickups and vans, and vocational vehicles. The rules will cover on-road vehicles with a gross vehicle weight at or above 8,500 pounds, unless these vehicles are already covered under CAFE. All of these proposals would start with the 2014

AddEPA finally issues proposed fuel economy labels for plug-in vehicles

Proposed window stickers for plug-in hybrid vehicles – click above for high-res image gallery

AddEPA sticker values for 2011 Volt likely to be interim, updated in 2012-13

Now that we know the price tag of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, the car's last big secret is what will be on the EPA mileage sticker. We had a chance to talk with vehicle line director Tony Posawatz at the Plug-In 2010 Conference in San Jose, CA and got a little bit of insight into the matter. Posawatz acknowledged that General Motors is very close to a final agreement with the EPA on what must appear on the sticker for the 2011 models.

Add2011 Lincoln MKX gets best in class mileage, 19/26 mpg with V6, Ecoboost still to come

2011 Lincoln MKX – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddOfficially Official: 2011 Ford Fiesta rated at 40 mpg highway

2011 Ford Fiesta – Click above for high-res image gallery

96Officially Official: 2011 Ford Fiesta rated at 40 mpg highway

2011 Ford Fiesta – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddBeyond 2016, automakers push for even stronger CAFE regulations, maybe a gas tax too

It's not all that often that you hear automakers cry out for stronger regulations and stricter guidelines. In fact, the cries typically go the other way, begging for less oversight and looser laws. So, when automakers band together suggesting changes to CAFE guidelines beyond 2016 that would take fuel economy figures to new heights, we should probably listen, right?

AddMPG equivalent? Say what? Industry experts say new efficiency ratings for EVs will be confusing

As experts from the automotive industry and government discuss how to determine efficiency ratings for electric vehicles (EVs), they have quickly come to a conclusion that nobody will be happy to hear: it can't be done.

AddAudi pursues widespread engine downsizing to increase fuel economy

2010 Audi S4 – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddREPORT: EPA planning to address outlandish fuel economy claims of electric cars

The EPA is aware that range-extended electric vehicles can game the current fuel economy test to deliver mileage estimates way up in the stratosphere. It makes for impressive advertising, like General Motors' touting of the Chevrolet Volt's estimated 230 mpg, but the EPA wants to give a more realistic reflection of the fuel efficiency of these types of cars, and it's not alone.

38REPORT: EPA planning to address outlandish fuel economy claims of electric cars

The EPA is aware that range-extended electric vehicles can game the current fuel economy test to deliver mileage estimates way up in the stratosphere. It makes for impressive advertising, like General Motors' touting of the Chevrolet Volt's estimated 230 mpg, but the EPA wants to give a more realistic reflection of the fuel efficiency of these types of cars, and it's not alone.

76EPA backs away from GM claim of 230 mpg for Volt

2011 Chevy Volt - Click above for high-res image gallery

AddEPA backs away from GM claim of 230 mpg for Volt

2011 Chevy Volt - Click above for high-res image gallery

54Commercial Appeal: Ford Transit Connect gets higher-than-expected EPA rating of 22/25

Click above for high-res gallery of the Ford Transit Connect

AddCars.com calculates the real CAFE numbers with True Mileage Index!

TMI. What does that mean? Well, it usually means 'Too Much Information,' but in the case of fuel mileage, there is truly no such thing. Everybody and their brother wants to know what kind of mileage they are likely to get out of their next new car purchase, so we'll take any information we can get. With that in mind, Cars.com has gone to the trouble of calculating the mileage statistics of all the major brands sold in the United States and has sorted them by average miles per gallon. While the l

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