Well done, America. Through some combination of market forces and government regulations and advancing technology, you've managed to buy enough fuel efficient vehicles to raise the overall average for the 2013 model year to 24.1 miles per gallon – that's 0.5 mpg higher than model year 2012. It's also an all time record high.

Gina McCarthy, EPA Administrator, said on a conference call with reporters that the EPA regulations have acted as a driver to reach this goal, but since it was a collaborative process, the industry has benefited from higher sales and the public benefits from cleaner vehicles.

EPA estimates show reaching 40 mpg by 2025 will be possible with only 10 percent of the new vehicle fleet being electric.

Now, you may be wondering why the EPA is celebrating a half-gallon increase to 24.1 mpg when the CAFE target for 2025 – not that far away, really – is 54.5 mpg. The first thing to remember is that the CAFE target and the number under discussion today are not the same thing. Thanks to credits for things like cleaner air conditioners in buildings (and much more), the 54.5 number will actually mean an EPA sticker value of around 40 mpg. Still, a half-gallon a year will not get us to 40 mpg in the next 12 years, but McCarthy said that the 2014 data is showing that new technologies are coming online. "These numbers are all really positive," she said.

The EPA remains confident that the 40 mpg target is reachable. For one thing, 2025 was chosen as a target date because the EPA knew it would take time to get the real gamechanging technologies that have not yet become widespread, McCarthy said. Also, the EPA's estimates show that reaching 40 mpg by 2025 will be possible with only 10 percent of the new vehicle fleet being electric. The bulk of our future improvement will come from better and better conventional gasoline engines. The new Mazda6, for example, currently meets its fuel economy targets for for model year 2019, so it is already generating credits for Mazda. Nissan was quick to issue a statement saying that it was the automaker with the largest year-over-year gain and now has a fleet-wide fuel economy rating of 26.2 mpg.

There are some technical challenges, of course, like the recently readjusted mpg numbers from Mercedes and the problems that Ford and Hyundai had with their ratings. Hyundai and Kia had a longer-than-usual 2013 model year as they were forced to lower some of their MPG numbers, which skewed the EPA's 2014 projections pretty significantly. To combat this sort of thing in the future, McCarthy said the EPA is confident in the rest of the numbers. The agency creates 1,200 labels a year and is "very sophisticated" in how it audits them, she said. "We are paying really close attention to the types of testing that people have to do," she noted. "Environmental protection is the result of writing legislation and then enforcing it."

For more, read the press releases below and then see the highlights or read the full report from the EPA.
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New Report: U.S. Fuel Economy Reaches All-Time High
Fuel economy gains for new vehicles continue under President Obama's Clean Car Program

WASHINGTON – New vehicles achieved an all-time-high fuel economy in 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency announced today. Model year 2013 vehicles achieved an average of 24.1 miles per gallon (mpg) ‑-- a 0.5 mpg increase over the previous year and an increase of nearly 5 mpg since 2004. Fuel economy has now increased in eight of the last nine years. The average carbon dioxide emissions are also at a record low of 369 grams per mile in model year 2013.

EPA's annual "Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends: 1975 through 2014" report tracks average fuel economy of new cars and SUVs sold in the United States. The report also ranks automakers' achievements in model year 2013.

Some additional top-line findings from the report:
  • The recent fuel economy improvement is a result of automakers' rapid adoption of more efficient technologies such as gasoline direct injection engines, turbochargers, and advanced transmissions.
  • Mazda vehicles averaged the highest fuel economy and lowest greenhouse gas emissions
  • Nissan achieved the greatest improvement in average fuel economy and greenhouse gas reductions over
  • SUVs achieved the greatest improvement in all classes of new personal vehicles.
"Today's announcement points to the greatness of American ingenuity and the strength of our auto industry. Our report shows that today's vehicles are saving Americans money at the pump while emitting fewer greenhouse gasses. We are thrilled to see that manufacturers continue to innovate and are bringing technologies to improve fuel economy online even faster than anticipated," said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. "Consumers now have many more choices when shopping for vehicles with higher fuel economy and lower emissions compared to just five years ago. These choices reflect both a more diverse range of technology packages on conventional gasoline vehicles as well as more advanced technology and alternative-fueled vehicles."

Under President Obama's leadership, EPA and the Department of Transportation have implemented standards projected to double fuel economy by 2025 and cut vehicle greenhouse gas emissions by half.

The EPA estimates these standards will save American families more than $8,000 in fuel costs per vehicle by 2025. Throughout the duration of the program, Americans will save $1.7 trillion in fuel costs, use 12 billion fewer barrels of oil, and in 2025, reduce oil consumption by more than 2 million barrels a day – as much as half of the oil imported from OPEC every day.

The new report is at: http://epa.gov/otaq/fetrends.htm


·Nissan Group takes lead as most fuel efficient full-line automaker with largest year-over-year improvement among any automotive manufacturer

·Lightweight engineering strategy, improved aerodynamics and efficient transmissions drive fuel economy improvements

NASHVILLE (Oct. 8, 2014) – Nissan Group is the most fuel efficient full-line automaker in the United States, according to the 2014 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) "Trends" Report. Nissan's fleet-wide fuel economy rating of 26.2 combined[1] mpg was highest among all full-line automakers in the annual report, which is the authoritative reference on new light-duty vehicle carbon dioxide emissions, fuel economy and powertrain technology trends in the United States.

Nissan's 26.2 combined mpg rating, based on 2013 model-year Nissan and Infiniti vehicles, marks a 2.1 combined mpg (8.7 percent) improvement over 2012 model-year Nissan and Infiniti vehicles, the largest year-over-year gain among all manufacturers. The 26.2 combined mpg mark is 4.4 percent more efficient than the No. 2 spot and exceeds the full-line automaker industry average (manufacturers offering vehicles for sale in every product segment) of 23.3 combined mpg by 12.4 percent.

As a full-line automobile manufacturer, Nissan sells passenger cars, SUVs, CUVs, mid-size and full-size pickup trucks, compact and full-size vans, a taxi, vehicles with V-8 engines, a 545-horsepower supercar, luxury hybrid vehicles, and a zero-emissions plug-in battery electric vehicle – a range of products to meet consumer needs across the full spectrum of product segments.[2]

"Reaching this point is a direct result of a dedicated company-wide effort to scrutinize every aspect of each new model to extract the most fuel efficiency possible," said Pierre Loing, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America. "Our engineers and designers have worked hard to get us here, and we look to continuously improve fuel efficiency of our models to face the challenges of future regulations while surpassing customer expectations."

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The realization of this accomplishment came in part due to the introduction of three all-new fuel-efficient models for the 2013 model year - Altima, Pathfinder and Sentra. These models each brought a significant improvement in fuel efficiency to the marketplace compared to their predecessors. Average combined fuel economy for the 2013 Altima sedan improved 4 mpg or 14.8 percent. The most fuel-efficient 2013 Sentra model improved from 30 mpg to 34 mpg combined, or just over 13 percent compared to the model it replaced. The 2013 Pathfinder SUV saw the largest gains, with an almost 30-percent year-over-year improvement and a combined fuel economy of 22 mpg[4].

Fuel economy improvements are attributed to several key engineering advancements such as reduced powertrain friction, improved aerodynamics and the use of efficient Xtronic transmissions. Nissan also employs an engineering lightweight strategy to all new models to significantly reduce vehicle curb weight – a key factor to improving fleet fuel economy. Nissan reduced the weight of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder by 500 pounds, the 2013 Nissan Sentra by 150 pounds and 80 pounds for the 2013 Nissan Altima.

Nissan expects continued improvements in future model years. Next year's report will include the Rogue, which was completely redesigned for model year 2014 and achieves a capable combined average of 28 mpg – 3 mpg better than the model it replaced[5]. The trend will continue with future models like the all-new 2015 Murano and next-generation Maxima, as well as the upcoming all-new Titan full-size pickup truck. Murano features an ultra-low, sports-car-like .31 coefficient of drag, lower curb weight and efficiency improvements in its powertrain. Maxima and Titan will also feature improved efficiency without compromise to the customer.

For more on Nissan's fuel efficient vehicle line-up, visit NissanNews.com/FuelEconomy. To view the entire EPA Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends Report, please visit http://www.epa.gov/fueleconomy/fetrends/1975-2014/420s14001.pdf.

About Nissan North America

In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com, or visit the Americas media sites NissanNews.com and InfinitiNews.com.

About Nissan

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 244,500 employees globally, Nissan sold almost 5.2 million vehicles and generated revenue of 10.5 trillion yen (USD 105 billion) in fiscal 2013. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. In 2010, Nissan introduced the Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle launched globally, is now the best-selling EV in history with almost 50 percent share of the zero-emission vehicle segment.

For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.

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