Average Efficiency of US-Bought Cars Declines in April

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According to a recent study by the Transportation Research Center of the University of Michigan, the fuel economy of new vehicles has slightly dropped in April, to a number similar to the average of February.
The Research center has been monitoring the average economy of new cars since 2007, when the number was steady at 20.1 mpg (11.7 l/100km). Last month, the average economy figure was 23.9 mpg (9.84 l/100km) – a reduction of 0.2 mpg compared to the march record of 24.1 mpg (9.76 l/100km).

Engines still need to shrink even further and turbocharging needs to advance a few more years before we start to see considerable improvements in vehicle efficiency, but at least the eco-craze in recent years has improved things slightly in the short term.
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