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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 freedom4556 on 5/8/2013 1:52:59 PM , Rating: 1
This x1000. I don't understand why otherwise normally intelligent but left-leaning people can't see it. The free market is working, but it isn't doing why they (the environmentally-concerned) want.

RE: Well...
By kmmatney on 5/8/2013 5:00:06 PM , Rating: 2
I think gas prices aren't high enough for that to happen yet. I'd like to see what people buy if gas prices hit UK levels ($8/gallon). At U.S. gas prices, customers are "concerned" with gas mileage, but there are other factors that may be more important.

RE: Well...
By Nutzo on 5/9/2013 6:34:13 PM , Rating: 2
I don't understand why otherwise normally intelligent but left-leaning people can't see it.

Because left-leaning people don't trust individuals or the free markets. Only the government can be trusted, and should be used to force people to make the correct choice.

Make that correct choice according to some clueless political hack.

What may be the best choice for one person, may not be the best for everyone else, and thats why this type of central planning never works.

RE: Well...
By Mint on 5/10/2013 8:50:54 AM , Rating: 2
Read the source article and you'll see that right leaning people agree want mandated higher efficiencies as well.

RE: Well...
By rountad on 5/10/2013 9:48:10 AM , Rating: 2
When I see things like this (calls for mandates), I am reminded of all the people that keep retaining the services of the Three Stooges as plumbers or movers...

Not only is this counter-productive and much better handled by either the free market (best) or higher gas taxes (better than CAFE, but still problematic), the choice of who should fix this is mind-boggling to me.

We are clamoring to give up choice and freedom.
We are choosing as our "saviors" people who have demonstrated corruption, incompetence, and indifference in large measure.

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