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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 cyberguyz on 5/8/2013 3:03:09 PM , Rating: 2
(sorry for dbl post DT won't let me edit :/)

Just as an FYI, I currently drive a 2013 Focus. When I was shopping around I had on my shortlist 3 cars:

1. 2013 For Mustang V6
2. 2013 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T / Kia Optima 2.0T
3. 2013 Focus (non ST)

All 3 were only within a $1000-$2000 or two of each other and comparably equipped. Care to guess why I went with the Focus? Both of the competing cars had more power, were bigger and were faster. Here's a guess:

It costs about $35 bucks to fill it up and I just as far. Do you really think I would be getting that kind of economy if CAFE had not been forcing the automakers to provide it?

RE: Well...
By Spuke on 5/8/2013 7:18:34 PM , Rating: 2
Do you really think I would be getting that kind of economy if CAFE had not been forcing the automakers to provide it?
Are you talking about the new CAFE or the old one? If you're talking about the old one then no. If you're talking about the new one, then no. Todays cars were designed 4 or 5 years ago on the old CAFE standards which all of them equal or surpass. Only a few cars meet the new CAFE standards. What all of you fail to realize is that todays fuel efficiency improvements have crap to do with CAFE and everything to do with what WE want. So, yes the automakers will respond to consumer demand like they always do (duh) else they would be out of business.

RE: Well...
By Philippine Mango on 5/9/2013 1:40:00 PM , Rating: 2
You're terribly misinformed. The fuel economy improvements you see in vehicles today really are tied directly with the Bush/Obama directive of improving vehicle fuel economy by 2016. This Old/new CAFE fuel economy crap is only for the Monroney Sticker that the consumer sees. That number on the Monroney sticker is directly derived from the original CAFE formula that has been in use since the 70s and is still used to this day. Bush/Obama did in fact raise the original CAFE numbers requirements that the automakers use when testing for the standard. For an idea of what I'm talking about, the Prius gets 50mpg on the Monroney Sticker but on the CAFE fuel economy test cycle, it's rated at 70mpg...

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