EPA mileage ratings

Regulator's reminder: 54.5 mpg goal isn't final yet

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

The strict federal fuel economy targets that have triggered furious re-engineering, and some hand-wringing, across the auto industry should be regarded as just a rough draft for now, according to Christopher Grundler, the EPA's top auto industry regulator, who sought to dispel the notion that the Obama administration's 54.5 mpg corporate fleet average targeted for the 2025 model year is set in stone....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Chris Grundler and the EPA hot seat

11:25 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

You think your job is tough? Try walking in Chris Grundler's shoes at the EPA....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Tensions over U.S. electric vehicle mandates spill out at MBS

8:13 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

A long-simmering dispute between automakers and U.S. regulators over policies to promote electric vehicles spilled into the open on Tuesday, in the high stakes struggle over the future of automotive technology....
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54.5 mpg isn't a done deal, EPA official says

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

A top EPA official today shot down the notion that the agency has already decided to implement the 54.5 mpg corporate fleet average proposed for 2025....
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Chevy Volt's electric range hits 53-mile EPA rating for 2016

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt will have an EPA-rated electric range of 53 miles when it goes on sale this fall, a 39 percent boost from the outgoing model....
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MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: Colorado, Canyon target 'best' marketing claim

3:00 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2015

Soon, Chevrolet and GMC will gain a coveted marketing claim: Best fuel economy of any pickup....
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Average U.S. mpg edges up to 25.5 in May

10:55 am U.S. ET | June 4, 2015

The average fuel economy of light vehicles sold in the U.S. was up 0.3 mpg in May, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute....
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Automakers exceed U.S. fuel-economy rules for 2nd straight year, EPA says

11:04 am U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

Automakers exceeded their targets for improving fuel economy and tailpipe emissions by "a wide margin" for the second year in a row, the EPA said. Vehicles sold in the U.S. are on average the most fuel efficient they've ever been, averaging 24.1 mpg in 2013, a 0.5 mpg increase from the previous year....
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U.S. light-vehicle fuel economy slips 0.2 mpg in February, report says

3:47 pm U.S. ET | March 4, 2015

The average fuel economy of light vehicles sold in the U.S. decreased 0.2 mpg last month from January, likely because of severe weather in much of the country, according to a monthly report by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute....
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HANS GREIMEL

BLOG: Toyota, Mazda bet against each other in quest for 94 mpg

4:54 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2015

Japan’s largest auto manufacturer and one of its smallest are betting against each other on divergent paths to the same goal -- an incredible fuel economy rate pushing 94 mpg....
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EPA tweaks fuel economy test to improve accuracy of mpg labels

3:37 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015

The EPA today issued updated procedures for a critical part of fuel economy testing that some automakers have struggled with in the last two years. The update covers how automakers should calculate road load values in coast down tests, which measure the rolling resistance and aerodynamic drag of vehicles as they glide from 70 mph to a stop on a straight, flat track....
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U.S. fuel economy improves for first time since August, report shows

3:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2015

The average fuel economy of light vehicles purchased in the US improved last month for the first time since August, increasing 0.3 mpg, according to a monthly report by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute....
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Ram 1500's highway mpg rises to 29

1:38 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015

Ram has added a bit more daylight between the hot-selling Ram 1500 EcoDiesel and Ford's redesigned lightweight F-150 in the highway fuel economy race....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Ford F-150 mpg for 2015 is a mixed bag

3:26 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014

In round one of aluminum vs. diesel, diesel wins. Ford's new F-150 failed to knock off the pickup fuel economy champ, the 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel....
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Ford says aluminum-bodied F-150's fuel economy rises up to 29%

12:35 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014

Ford said its aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup will get as much as 29 percent better fuel economy than its mostly steel predecessor as the automaker gambles with a new design for its top-selling and most profitable model....
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Hyundai, Kia agree to $350M U.S. settlement over inflated mileage claims

10:45 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014

Hyundai and Kia have agreed to a settlement worth more than $350 million to end the government's two-year investigation into the inflated fuel economy ratings of some 1.2 million Hyundai and Kia vehicles....
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BMW to lower mpg ratings on 4 Mini Cooper models

11:57 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014

BMW is lowering the estimated fuel economy labels on four 2014 Mini Cooper models after tests by the EPA, the agency said today. The EPA completed a fuel economy audit on the Mini Cooper and found actual mpg lower than the figures BMW submitted for certification, a statement said....
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EPA plans more scrutiny of mpg tests

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18, 2014

The EPA is preparing to tighten its oversight of fuel economy testing and reporting this year in an effort to align the ratings on vehicles' stickers more closely with their real-world capability. A key area of focus will be the agency's "coast-down" test, which has been the source of mistakes that prompted Hyundai, Kia, Ford and Mercedes-Benz to relabel several models since 2012....
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11TH PLACE

Fiat Chrysler lags rivals in EPA's mpg report

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014

The automaker that launched a Dodge this year that can burn up to 1.5 gallons of gasoline a minute finished last in the government's annual report on fuel economy gains. Yet Fiat Chrysler Automobiles vows that it will meet tough corporate average fuel economy goals in the coming years....
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Mileage march on schedule, EPA says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014

Don't read too much into the slowdown in fuel economy gains, regulators say. The pace should quicken again with the spread of more potent gas-saving technologies....
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Technology propels fuel economy average to record 24.1 mpg, EPA says

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2014

The average fuel economy of cars and light trucks, driven by wider use of technology, rose to a record 24.1 mpg in the 2013 model year, though the pace of improvement slowed. Fuel economy will average 24.2 mpg across the industry for 2014 models, the EPA estimated, but cautioned the final figure will likely be revised higher....
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Mercedes-Benz rewarded with EPA credits for adopting start-stop

8:01 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2014

Mercedes-Benz will get extra credit on U.S. fuel economy standards for putting start-stop systems in its luxury cars -- but not as much as the automaker had hoped....
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Mercedes to lower mpg ratings on some C-class sedans

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014

Mercedes-Benz will lower the fuel economy ratings of some late-model C-class sedans after an audit by federal regulators found errors in mpg testing by the automaker....
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Chrysler to hike output of Ram diesels

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014

Chrysler Group, struggling to keep pace with demand for one of its newest products, plans to boost output of light-duty Ram pickups equipped with diesel engines. The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel will account for 20 percent of the light-duty Ram pickup's annual production volume, up from 10 percent now, Chrysler said today, without giving details....
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Fuel economy of new vehicles bought hits all-time high

5:46 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2014

The fuel economy of light vehicles purchased in the U.S. during August hit an all-time high, a University of Michigan report said Thursday....
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