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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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RE: Well...
By ballist1x on 5/8/2013 12:11:20 PM , Rating: -1
Not sure if srs...

Which performance cars have been wiped off the map? There's more fast cars than ever IMO. Look at the acceleration times of the 6 speed manual V6 Honda Accord coupe.

Well the NSX died. That was the epitomy of the V6 Honda for a start.

RX7>RX8>no real replacement.

Celica GT4/MR2 Turbo> Corolla/Celica 2ZZ (now out of production)
Supra RZ>....? No replacement...GT86??

Pulsar GTiR> No replacement
200SX > No replacement
Only the GTR is fast and that costs a fair bit


Majority of these cars were killed because their engines failed to hit EuroIV or similar emissions restrictions which were artificially increased to remove choice.

Its only in the last few years that we have the odd Mazda MPS (using a ford engine?) and whatnot..

RE: Well...
By BRB29 on 5/8/2013 12:51:57 PM , Rating: 4
So you listed the cars that went out of production and not the new ones?

How about mazdaspeed3/6
How about 370z, G37, M56?
How about Scion TC, FRS and the Subaru version
How about the LFA?
How about the Jaguar F type
How about BMW M1, 4 series, 6 series, 1 series?
How about Audi A3, TT RS?
How about the Camaro, Challenger, SRTs vehicles?
There's a ton of new cars that more than replaced the EOL ones.

The GTR is actually a very cheap supercar. It cost under 100k and can beat ferraris and lambos easily that are twice the price.

The NSX was the epitomy of the V6 Honda? When it came out in 1991, it was one of the best supercar you can buy. It also is still the most reliable supercar ever made. The lightweight all aluminum body and chassis mid engine was also achieved. It never received any major updates so it fell behind but it was definitely worthy of supercar title when it launched.

You obviously stopped keeping up with the auto industry. The RX8 is not a replacement for the RX7. The only reason there's no replacement for them was reliability and budget issues.

RE: Well...
By alpha754293 on 5/9/2013 2:51:21 PM , Rating: 2
Well the NSX died. That was the epitomy of the V6 Honda for a start.

NSX is on it's way back. Acura I think unveiled the concept/prototype either this year or last year at the North American International Auto Show. It's due out for 2015 (I guess that it got pushed back by a year) and it's going to be a hybrid.

You can read more about it here:

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