2012 Model-Year - Greenest in US Automotive History

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The number of green cars, as well as their efficiency numbers, are on the rise, on US roads, and it is beginning to have a widespread effect throughout the country. According to automotive analyst Alan Baum, who cites a recently-released National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) study, the 2012 model year was the greenest the US has ever seen.
In 2012, the average fuel economy is 23.6 mpg, which represents a 1.1 mpg improvement over last year’s record of 22.5 mpg. Also, not all the cars which contributed to the better figure were fuel-sipping ultra-economical superminis, but rather larger cars which now benefit from fuel-saving technologies, on a much wider scale than a few years ago. Things are going in the right direction, and if the trend is maintained (or accelerated), then the 54.5 mpg CAFE standards may not be that far-fetched, by 2025.

Baum said: "The facts are in: consumers now have more opportunities and they are indeed buying green, fuel-efficient vehicles across the market spectrum, from small cars to midsize cars, minivans, CUVs/SUVs, and pickups [. . . ] They are buying cleaner vehicles that use less gas to go just as far, helping reduce America's dependence on oil while cleaning up our air. This is an important shift that moves us toward meeting the new federal standards to increase fuel economy to the equivalent of 54.5 mpg for cars and light-duty trucks by Model Year 2025."

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