Improved sales in the first quarter of 2011 in the subcompact and compact segments has accounted for better average fuel economy among light vehicles. The average fuel consumption of light vehicles in the United States is 22.7 mpg, representing a 1.9 percent jump over the average fuel economy of light vehicles in the first quarter of 2010. The first quarter figure also is a 2.8 percent increase over last year’s third- quarter results.
The small car segment comprised 19.4 percent of total vehicle sales in the US in the first quarter of 2011. The rising cost of fuel has propelled and boosted vehicles such as the redesigned Hyundai Elantra, Volkswagen Jetta and Chevrolet Cruze.
[Source: Autoblog Green]