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Segment shifts cause sharp drop in new vehicle fuel economy

According to UMTRI, the regular drop in fuel economy within new vehicle sales likely reflects an increase in demand for light truck and SUVs.

Technology within new cars is constantly evolving in order to increase fuel economy whilst simultaneously lowering emissions. OEMs are investing up to 50% of their research and development budgets in innovative powertrains designed to increase fuel efficiency. There may be an assumption that these factors equate to increasing fuel economy in new vehicles across the automotive industry worldwide. Yet studies carried out by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) do not always suggest that this is the case.

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