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 |  Apr 11 2012, 1:02 PM

Every new car has a bit of paper full of numbers stuck to it. No, not the price tag, the other piece of paper… the EPA label.

Displaying the car’s rated fuel economy, these numbers can make or break a car buyer’s decision. Ever wonder how those numbers are determined? Read on.

When a car is released, the manufacturer provides its own fuel economy numbers. These are tested in-house and can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. Many drivers don’t get the same numbers that the manufacturer says they should. It’s the government’s job to set them straight. However, due to the high number of cars released, only about 15% of the vehicles are actually tested.

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