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Average fuel economy of new autos at new record; progress may stall
Average fuel economy of new autos at new record; progress may stall

New vehicles reached record-high fuel economy in 2013, according to a new Environmental Protection Agency report. The federal agency said Wednesday that 2013 model year vehicles achieved an average of 24.1 miles per gallon — up 0.5 mpg from the previous year and nearly 5 mpg since 2004. Fuel economy has now increased in eight of the last nine years, the report said. Meanwhile, average carbon-dioxide emissions sank to a record low of 369 grams per mile in 2013, a 2% decrease from the prior year. "We are thrilled to see that manufacturers continue to innovate and are bringing technologies to improve fuel economy online even faster than anticipated," said EPA Administrator...

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