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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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that's nuthin'
By chromal on 5/8/2013 11:38:29 AM , Rating: 1
I like my fuel-sipping Mazdaspeed3. 28MPG for 263 bhp seems perfectly respectable to me! That's 9.4 horsepower per MPG. Compare that with a recent Toyota Prius, which only gets 2.68 horsepower per MPG. ;)

RE: that's nuthin'
By Adonlude on 5/8/2013 12:04:45 PM , Rating: 2
I don't the hp/mpg ratio you just invented is a good indicator. If it is then my C63 AMG gets over 30 hp/mpg and thus we should all be driving this 450hp 15mpg car!

RE: that's nuthin'
By Mint on 5/8/2013 3:47:43 PM , Rating: 2
He clearly didn't think that through. You could punch a hole in his fuel line, leaking out half the gas he uses, and voila: double the hp/mpg.

If anything, it should be the hp*mpg product, but even that is a pretty useless metric.

RE: that's nuthin'
By 91TTZ on 5/8/2013 1:23:47 PM , Rating: 2
I know you're joking, but that math doesn't work. It would only work if you measured fuel consumption at that power level. Then you'd arrive at specific fuel consumption.

RE: that's nuthin'
By cyberguyz on 5/8/2013 1:29:17 PM , Rating: 2
Your 'mpg/hp' rating si a little broken:

Ford Shelby GT 500 = 662hp 15/24 mpg city/hwy

44.1 hp/mpg (city) -- looks way good, right?
27.6 hp/mpg (hiway)-- doesn't look so good, but I am getting where I am going faster and using less fuel.

See the flaws?

City -- number looks great but I am using a hella lot of gas and going slow.

Hiway -- not so good of a number but I am getting where I wanna go hella fast and using less gas to do it.

RE: that's nuthin'
By Jeffk464 on 5/8/2013 3:18:16 PM , Rating: 2
I like my fuel-sipping Mazdaspeed3.

Mazda is absolutely kicking but this year with their new high mileage drive trains and styling. Who would have thought Mazda would come from nowhere and out engineer everyone?

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