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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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a study with pre-determined results
By talikarni on 5/8/2013 2:57:30 PM , Rating: 2
Reality: The ONLY thing these Federal laws will do is artificially drive up the price of new vehicles, and increase the demand for older used vehicles. If they rolled back all the Fed Regulations on just the fuel mileage requirements and pollution controls to the level of the early 1980s, most new vehicles could very easily drop in price around $5-10,000 which would still jack up the manufacturer profits an additional $10-15,000 per new vehicle sold.
Anyone like me that has taken a fairly newer vehicle, removed all the pollution controls (with dummy or moved sensors to prevent the computer from going crazy), those vehicles actually saw an increase in gas mileage in the 5-20% range.
2004 Dodge Durango 4.7L with all emissions controls removed:
Before equip. removed: 14-15 mpg town, 20-21 mpg highway
After: 17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway
That is a 20% increase in fuel economy since the pollution control equipment isn't holding back the engine, airflow and exhaust flow, plus the "pollutants" level only went up 0.3%.

but from the angle of ConsumerFed: Lets poll inner cities and highly Democrat locales to get a predetermined result based on what we wanted. Oh wait many websites say something similar to this about ConsumerFed:

It is generally regarded as liberal in the modern American sense of the term, and is associated with the pro-consumer anti-corporate movement.

So really their "studies" and "polls" are nothing more than predetermined cherry picked crap that in no way reflects the reality of modern America.

Look at the last full year that sales results are available (2011, since many 2012s are still being sold). Top 10 are listed as well as non "car" in spots 11-20:

1. Ford F-150
2. Chevrolet Silverado pickup (see also #18 below)
3. Toyota Camry
4. Nissan Altima
5. Ford Escape SUV
6. Ford Fusion
7. Honda Accord
8. Toyota Corolla
9. Chevrolet Cruze
10. Ram pickup

13. Honda CR-V Crossover CUV
14. Chevrolet Equinox CUV
18. GMC Sierra pickup
19. Ford Explorer CUV
20. Honda Pilot SUV

Taken from

So it is easy to see that Americans (and Canadians) as a whole tend to prefer slightly larger and lower fuel mileage vehicles. They are willing to sacrifice some fuel economy in order to be safer and more comfort. New vehicle sales over the past few decades continue to prove that their "studies" and "polls" are nothing but an agenda.

RE: a study with pre-determined results
By BRB29 on 5/8/2013 3:14:11 PM , Rating: 2
OR you can argue that the US is traditionally a truck/large vehicles culture. We have a pretty low pop density and plenty of roads. Due to recent economic events people are changing their choices.

Look at the change in numbers. All trucks and SUV shows little or no gains while all small vehicles shows up to 43% gains.

Maybe the government should be short sighted like GM. GM had 50% of world auto market and look at them now.

By Spuke on 5/8/2013 7:27:15 PM , Rating: 2
I'll NEVER see the point of mandating things that are already occurring. People are moving in that direction in their own, the automakers have already seen that coming and have met and continue to meet that demand. IMO, I think the people that for legislation of this type are just control freaks (and I'm putting that nicely).

"So if you want to save the planet, feel free to drive your Hummer. Just avoid the drive thru line at McDonalds." -- Michael Asher

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