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U.S. fuel economy tops 24 mpg for first time

MSNBC -- The fuel economy of the average new vehicle sold in the United States has topped 24 miles per gallon for the first time ever, according to researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

Using the numbers shown in the “Monroney” window sticker, the average fuel economy of the cars, light trucks, minivans and SUVs purchased in March rose to 24.1 mpg, up from 23.9 in February and 23.6 in January.

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The typical vehicle sold in March 2012 was 20 percent, or four miles per gallon, higher than the industry average in October 2007, the first month UMTRI researchers Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle began tracking vehicle mileage.


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Charley_7
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2012 11:46:50 AM

There's a article somewhere today about the DIY movement of converting your gas car to an electric one.
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RonTheRunner77
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2012 9:44:29 AM

mine is 36 mpg on average highway/city, it is still painful to fill up! it cost me $262 in gas this last month
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DTroytNC
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2012 8:04:31 AM

Need to start developing technology to mass market CNG powered vehicles and increase distribution infrastructure. If we use less gas, we still pay higher prices with increased demand in India and China.

We need to get off this bandwagon; or, heaven forbid, classify American oil deposits as strategic and require those companies extracting and refining it to earmark a higher percentage for the American consumer. Companies make more profit selling fuel overseas where it costs more. We should somehow benefit from national natural resources going overseas. Export tariff anyone?
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Joeski1
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2012 5:33:58 AM

go out a get it then and don't be a gas whiner
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Luckylindy
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2012 3:09:49 AM

I need a car that gets 50+.
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Gnusman53
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2012 2:18:14 AM

keep the government out???? Gingrich and his Gopper pals did that when they kills the CAFE standards being raised for 20 years.... putting us 20 years behind the rest of the world.
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Eugenian
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2012 1:58:57 AM

It's a move in the right direction but we must do much better. Most Americans still are not serious about energy conservation.
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Amplion
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2012 1:46:58 AM

MY STRAIGHT SIX RWD GETS 30 MPG WHEN USING SINCLAIR PREMIUM !!!!!
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Bussman
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2012 12:24:42 AM

The cars in Europe get much better.
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granitestater
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 11:58:54 PM

Who gets the blame for NOT reaching the 56 mpg standard set by Obama?
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Jeff4U
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 11:55:46 PM

Thrilling! (not)
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52MPG
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 11:54:45 PM

That is less than half of what I get.
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MN1
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 11:49:14 PM

Whoopee
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TRYWI
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 11:43:49 PM

great
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BIGOILEATURCRUD
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 11:09:46 PM


Get 2X that from a 16 year old vehicle.
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jetskijerry
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 10:43:55 PM

Doesn't matter when the price is this high...
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megadiesellv
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 10:42:56 PM

Ok
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LEGION57
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 10:24:59 PM

yippie-- yawn
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bl626
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 10:22:50 PM

kind of amazing or sad? that my 21 year old 4 door sedan is more efficient than today's vehicle fleet...
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wrunner
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 10:10:05 PM

A step in the right direction. Now bump it up to 30 miles per gallon, now that's what I'm talking about!
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mwc407
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 9:52:11 PM

Everyone should be happy and proud that the average for all cars has surpased 24 - the only number that really matters to each of us is our own fuel efficiency.
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dbecks44
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 9:27:36 PM

Wow, 24 is not that good . . .
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 9:26:42 PM

That's great if you can afford a new car.
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johnd900
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 9:24:46 PM

24mpg still sucks. The company that comes out with a sporty, cool looking 4 cylinder turbo that gets 50mpg without sacrificing power will outsell them all.
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GenoAR
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 8:47:36 PM

It's Obamas fault!! Wait, it's a good thing, isn't
it ???
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 8:45:34 PM

OK
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 8:00:35 PM

I hope they keep the trend going.
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MOREDLEG
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 7:32:47 PM

See, O'bamas plan is working, get the gas prices higher to make the alternative fuel more competitive. As a result, we have to find a way to afford how to live without the "alternative energy infrastructure"
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esq262
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 7:18:30 PM

It is a spiraling cycle. Less demand for fuel and higher prices.
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 6:57:25 PM

Before my Venza, I got better than 30 mpg on my 1982 Ford Escort (POS), 1987 Dodge Daytona Turbo (2.2L 4-cyl), 1990 Dodge Daytona ES (3.0L V6 with 4-speed 'Ultra-drive') and last/least my 2000 POS Chevy Malibu (3.1L v6, 34mpg best).
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 6:52:09 PM

Pathfinder,

Yep, higher gas prices and, the higher gas prices go, creates incentives to buy fuel effecient cars.

Thus;

High gas prices impacts the future development of how quickly highly energy effecient vehicles are developed!
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DerHahn
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 6:44:27 PM

with gas prices staying like they are, more people will be looking at efficiency when looking at new vehicles. but as we use less fuel, we get screwed even more at the pumps so the oil companies can keep the record profits flowing.
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 6:34:43 PM

Good news.
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FunMyster
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 6:30:50 PM

Ok
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jjjleblanc
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 6:25:03 PM

Sounds like progress.
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 5:40:17 PM

Could been doing much better if the Government would stay out of it.
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Skunk63
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 4:38:37 PM

Still won't be caught dead in a Prius.
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car253
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 3:54:08 PM

Slow progress but progress.
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Road4Runner
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 3:51:25 PM

24 miles per gallon sounds like things are going into reverse according to this "tops 24 mpg" increasing the gas per mile is definitely a drawback on these newer vehicles that boast "better gas mileage"
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mike1881
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 3:43:59 PM

AWESOME!!! Too bad my truck only gets 21 mpg
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