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October 23, 2003

DOE and EPA Announce the Fuel Economy Leaders for Model Year 2004

DOE and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the latest edition of the Web-based "Fuel Economy Guide" on October 23rd. The latest edition of the guide includes fuel economy, emissions, and safety data for all model year 2004 vehicles sold in the United States. It also includes fuel-saving tips and additional information on advanced-technology vehicles, including hybrid electric, alternative fuel, and fuel cell vehicles. See the Fuel Economy Guide.

For the fourth year in a row, hybrid electric vehicles are at the top of the fuel efficiency list, and with the new, larger Toyota Prius, hybrids also lead three vehicle classes: the Honda Insight leads the two-seaters, the Honda Civic Hybrid leads the compact cars, and the Toyota Prius leads the midsize cars. The bottom of the list is mostly dominated by the Italian sports cars-Lamborghini, Ferrari, and Maserati-with one domestic entry: the four-wheel-drive Ford F150 pickup. See the DOE and EPA press releases.

Although the Honda Insight remains at the top of the list, its impact on the total U.S. fleet of vehicles is negligible, since Honda has sold only 1,036 of the vehicles this year. Honda's sales of the Civic Hybrid are much greater: 13,707 vehicles in 2002, and 17,177 through the end of September this year. However, the new Toyota Prius may dwarf those numbers, as Toyota plans to produce 36,000 Prius vehicles for the U.S. market in 2004. See the Honda and Toyota press releases.