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October 10, 2007

Average Fuel Economy of 2007 Cars and Light Trucks Unchanged

New cars and light trucks that are sold as part of Model Year 2007 are expected to achieve an average fuel economy of 20.2 miles per gallon (mpg), unchanged from the previous model year, according to a report released in September by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA also revised its assessment for Model Year 2006 light vehicles, finding that fuel economy actually increased that year, marking the second consecutive year of fuel economy increases, a feat that hasn't occurred since the 1980s.

The EPA credits technological advances that lowered the weight of light trucks, which include pickups, vans, and sport utility vehicles. But for 2007 vehicles, sales trends are expected to shift to heavier vehicles, yielding the highest-ever average weight for cars and light trucks. However, the EPA notes that the averages are based on expected sales and could shift if consumer preferences change. See the EPA report's executive summary and the full report.