Following Ford’s announcement about reduced fuel economy ratings, the average mileage of new vehicles being purchased sank in June.
According to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), the average fuel economy of new cars purchased last month was 25.5 MPG, which is a 0.1 MPG drop from May when the industry hit an all-time high.
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UMTRI didn’t attribute the decline to Ford but acknowledged in a press release that the decrease did account for the company’s recent announcement. Ford’s adjustment would matter to the overall rating, but wouldn’t be a major determining factor in the shift either.
Despite the drop, average fuel economy is still significantly higher than in October, 2007 when UMTRI began gathering data. In general, new cars are rated to return an average of 5.4 MPG more as of last month than when the study began. Greenhouse gas emissions are also down by 20 percent since 2007.
Last month, Ford announced that it would downgrade advertised fuel economy on six of its vehicles including the C-Max and Fusion hybrids and plug-in hybrids.
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