EPA mileage ratings


EPA exec: Industry ahead of schedule on mpg goals

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2013
Christopher Grundler, director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality at the EPA, was promoted last year at a pivotal time. Fuel economy has become a fiercely competitive battleground as consumers demand more efficient cars and the Obama administration's new standards start to ramp up to a nominal average of 54.5 mpg by 2025....
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EPA says automakers' test drivers can be too good

11:37 am U.S. ET | Oct. 4, 2013
Car companies warn car buyers that their fuel economy will vary in the real world. The numbers vary in the laboratory, too, says the top auto regulator at the EPA -- and he's warning automakers to mind the gap....
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EPA to go public with results of vehicle mpg audits

1:21 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2013
After cracking down on Hyundai, Kia and Ford, the EPA is preparing to shine a more public spotlight on automakers' fuel economy claims. This fall, the agency plans to release the results of industrywide audits that included tests on more than 20 car and light-truck models this year, said Christopher Grundler, head of the EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality, in an interview last week....
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Mercedes E250 rated at 28/45 mpg

2:54 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2013
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 Bluetec has received an estimated EPA rating of 28 mpg city/45 highway....
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Average new-vehicle fuel economy rises to 24.9 mpg, study says

3:52 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2013
The average fuel economy of new trucks, cars, SUVs and vans sold in August reached 24.9 mpg, up 0.1 mpg from July, according to a monthly report from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. The average is the highest since researchers began collecting data in October 2007....
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'14 Honda Accord rated at 50 mpg city

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2013
Honda ditched its long-running Integrated Motor Assist hybrid drive system and took a page from the Toyota and Ford engineering playbooks with the 2014 Accord Hybrid....
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'14 Honda Accord Hybrid rated at 50 mpg in city, 47 combined

6:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 6, 2013
The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid will carry an EPA rating of 50 mpg in the city, 45 on the highway and 47 combined -- putting the Accord back in the battle among mid-sized sedans over fuel economy....
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GM boosts Malibu's mpg in bid to revive sales

9:24 am U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2013
The re-engineered 2014 Chevrolet Malibu will get a bump in its fuel economy rating for city driving -- to 25 miles per gallon, from 22 -- in a bid to revive the mid-sized sedan's sluggish sales....
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EPA says its mpg test holds up for hybrids

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2013
Don't blame the test. That's the EPA's message in the wake of Ford Motor Co.'s decision to restate fuel economy estimates on its C-Max Hybrid....
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'Your mileage may vary'; here's why

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2013
New-car buyers place a lot of faith in the EPA's fuel economy numbers on the window sticker -- only to find out later that the vehicle doesn't meet them. That's the conflict behind the standard industry disclaimer, "Your mileage may vary."...
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C-Max deception: A gross violation of customers' trust

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2013
The EPA estimates on window stickers have long been a sort of gentleman's agreement among manufacturers, regulators and consumers. They are estimates, after all, a comparative tool, and not intended as absolute numbers. But Ford's approach to the C-Max Hybrid's ratings was a gross violation of that covenant and an insult to consumers....
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Paradox at Ford: Profits are soaring as problems mount

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2013
MyFord Touch. Lincoln MKZ. C-Max. All were heavily promoted as innovative products that would help Ford Motor Co. pull customers from rivals and cement the company's position as a technology leader. Instead, each has come back to bite the automaker....
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Flawed rules, mpg rivalry set the stage for C-Max episode

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2013
Car companies are competing fiercely to fill showrooms with the most fuel-efficient vehicles possible, knowing that a mile or two per gallon could make or break a new model. And in some cases the most potent solution for them lies within the arcane rules of federal fuel economy standards....
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Why hybrids often deliver lower mpg than advertised

4:37 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2013
Many drivers of gasoline-electric hybrids never see their real-world fuel economy match the numbers on the EPA window sticker. Because of hybrids' complex powertrains and other factors, the gap between real-world fuel economy and the window label is often greater than it is with vehicles powered by conventional gasoline or diesel engines....
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Ford lowers fuel economy rating on C-Max hybrid 8.5% to 43 mpg

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2013
Ford will reduce the stated fuel-economy rating of its C-Max Hybrid car to 43 mpg -- a rare and potentially costly move that Ford spent months feverishly working to avoid....
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Automakers and the EPA

3:33 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2013
Ford's restatement of fuel-economy figures for the C-Max caps a series of efforts in recent years to sort out discrepancies between EPA ratings and real-world vehicle fuel economy....
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Why 'your mileage may vary'

3:28 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2013
New-car buyers place a lot of faith in the EPA's fuel economy window label numbers -- only to find out later that the vehicle doesn't meet them. That's the conflict behind the standard industry disclaimer "Your mileage may vary."...
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Average fuel economy of '13 models tops that of '12s, study says

1:19 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2013
The average fuel economy of 2013 model vehicles sold in the United States through July is 24.7 mpg, up 1.2 mpg compared with 2012 vehicles, according to a monthly report from University of Michigan researchers....
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2014 Mazda3 achieves EPA rating of 41 mpg highway

3:41 pm U.S. ET | July 24, 2013
The redesigned 2014 Mazda3 has received an EPA rating of 29 mpg city/41 highway. The rating covers the 2014 Mazda3 sedan with a manual transmission and a 155-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Adding an automatic transmission boosts the Mazda3's city rating by 1 mpg, while highway fuel economy is unchanged....
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