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The majority of vehicle shopper support increased fuel efficiency standards

The Consumer Federation of America recently released a report that it calls the first progress report on the 54.5 mpg fuel efficiency standard. According to the CFA, consumers are demanding more fuel-efficient vehicles. According to the poll, the majority of Americans support federal government requirements increasing fuel economy for new cars.

“Looking at current market offerings, consumer purchasing trends and our surveys of consumer demand, there is no doubt that the federal effort to significantly raise fuel economy is benefiting, consumers, car companies, autoworkers and the environment”, said Jack Gillis, report co-author who is CFA’s Director of Public Affairs and author of The Car Book.

Those federal regulations stipulate that new cars achieve 35 mpg fleetwide average by 2017 and an average of 55 mpg by 2025. 85% of respondents to the survey said that they support these requirements with 54% saying they strongly support the standards.

Fuel efficiency is highly sought after when it comes to purchasing new vehicles with 88% respondents to the survey saying that in their next vehicle purchase, fuel economy will be an important factor and 59% say fuel economy will be a very important factor influencing the purchase.

Survey respondents who say fuel economy is very important to them expect their next vehicle to get 12 mpg more than the current vehicle. Consumers who already have a relatively efficient vehicle getting at least 24 mpg the intended purchase a new vehicle in the future want at least a seven mpg increase putting their desires at approximately 31 mpg.

The survey also found that 50% of respondents who said they intend to purchase an SUV want fuel efficiency of at least 25 mpg.

“These results should lay to rest any concerns that some car dealers had about consumer demand for more fuel efficient vehicles,” said Gillis.  In spite of the support of car companies, unions, consumer and environmental groups, the National Automobile Dealers Association was the only major entity opposed to the new requirements.

Source: ConsumerFed

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have cake and eat it too
By invidious on 5/8/2013 11:38:27 AM , Rating: 2
Unfortunately fuel efficiency comes at a price and surveys like this don't present consumers with the consequences of the choices. Vehicles prices will increase, vehicles will have signifigantly reduced power, and gas taxes will go up. Gas taxes pay for roadway maintenance and using less gas does not mean the roads need less maintenance.

The root desire is that people just want spend less money on commuting, which is fine. But the reality is that using 50% less gas with a 55 MPG car does not equate to spending 50% less on commuting. In the very short term the savings might be close, but in the long term it definately wont.

People are being mislead with illusions of greener grass on the other side. As if there is some miracle solution to energy costs that the gas industry is hiding from them. No such solution exists, and government regulations rarely result in scientific breakthroughs. They usually just result in revised regulations and lots of money wasted on a noble but ill advised quest.

RE: have cake and eat it too
By Philippine Mango on 5/8/2013 2:47:02 PM , Rating: 2
What? A 50% drop in fuel costs really does mean a 50% drop in commuting costs especially because economy cars with significantly better MPG usually have lower maintenance costs than the cars they're replacing.

RE: have cake and eat it too
By Spuke on 5/8/2013 7:31:11 PM , Rating: 2
What? A 50% drop in fuel costs really does mean a 50% drop in commuting costs especially because economy cars with significantly better MPG usually have lower maintenance costs than the cars they're replacing.
More ignorance. New tech to increase fuel economy makes for a more expensive car. Average price now is $30k compared to 10 years ago when it was $10k less. Cars will be even MORE expensive in the next 10 years. Where is the money savings on a 2025 Camry that's likely to cost $40k?

RE: have cake and eat it too
By arthur449 on 5/9/2013 12:45:56 AM , Rating: 2
Well, taking inflation into account, you're only paying $5K more. >.>

RE: have cake and eat it too
By Dr of crap on 5/9/2013 12:22:58 PM , Rating: 2
Not on only that but they'll increase gas tax or start a road/mileage tax because not as much revenue is there to do road repair or whatever they use that money for. They are already thinking of adding additional taxes on EV because of reduced gas usage because of them.
Just wait and the powers that be will think up others ways of getting more money from you while you use less gas in your new following the CAFE mandated car!

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