The final 2007 model year tally of corporate average fuel economy
for automakers selling cars
in the U.S. is done, and Toyota
came out on top of the heap again among the big brands. However, Toyota was not the overall winner. That honor went to none other than Lotus
with 30.2 mpg! Lotus however is a very small fish in a huge if shrinking pond, having only sold six hundred 2007 model cars here. Toyota sold a couple more than that and averaged 29.69 mpg with its lineup of Priuses
, Camrys, Corollas
. The no. 1 brand edged out Honda
, which got 29.47 and 29.39 respectively. The Detroit based automakers? Well, not so good. GM
and the then DaimlerChrysler brought up the rear with 25.16, 25.15 and 23.97. The 2008 numbers should show a significant improvement for all three companies now that truck sales
have gone in the toilet and they are selling whatever smaller cars they have as fast as they can build them. Chrysler
will also benefit by not including Mercedes-Benz
in its numbers.
The averages are sales weighted and based on fuel economy numbers from 1970s era test procedures rather than the new lower mileage numbers that can be found on current window stickers, so keep that in mind. You can check out the full report at the NHTSA
web-site including numbers for previous model years.
, via Toyota Open Road Blog
, Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty]