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<p>Filed under: <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/hybrids/" rel="tag">Hybrid</a>, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/government-legal/" rel="tag">Government/Legal</a>, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/electric/" rel="tag">Electric</a></p><a href="/2013/12/15/epa-average-mpg-new-record-2012/#continued"><img alt="Toyota Prius at fuel pump" data-caption="Toyota Prius at fuel pump" data-credit="AP Photo/Mark Lennihan" data-mep="55386" src="http://o.aolcdn.com/dims-shared/dims3/GLOB/crop/3504x2336+0+0/resize/628x419!/format/jpg/quality/85/http://hss-prod.hss.aol.com/hss/storage/adam/8590c5fe3bbd40305e34a34864cabfe5/6a24ccbfbe4948799f3b767ffd0e035a.jpeg" /></a><br /><br />The <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/tag/environmental+protection+agency/">US Environmental Protection Agency</a> has released its annual report for fuel economy and carbon dioxide emissions trends, and it shows that 2012 was a banner year for both with average fuel economy of 23.6 miles per gallon and average CO2 emissions of 376 grams per mile - both all-time records since the figures were first tracked in 1975. Even better, early figures show that 2013 will continue this trend, and <em>Automotive News</em> reports that the industry is on pace to meet the 54.5-mpg target in 2025.<br /><br />Compared to 2011, the average fuel economy increased by 1.2 mpg, marking the second-largest year-over-year improvement in 30 years. According to the data, nearly every automaker had higher fuel economy for 2012, and coming out on top was <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/mazda/">Mazda</a> with an average of 27.1 mpg, while <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/honda/">Honda</a> (26.6 mpg), <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/volkswagen/">VW</a> (25.8 mpg), <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/toyota/">Toyota</a> (25.6 mpg) and <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/subaru/">Subaru</a> (25.2 mpg) rounded out the top five. Helping to fuel this across-the-board fuel-economy increase was the fact that sales of light trucks (SUVs, vans, crossovers and trucks) accounted for 36 percent of new-car sales, which is a 6-percent drop from 2012 and marks the second-lowest percentage since 1993.<br /><br />The database also tracks many other trends that deal with fuel economy. On average, vehicles sold in 2012 were 150 pounds lighter (averaging 3,977 pounds) than 2011, although horsepower was also down (averaging 222 hp, which is a drop of 6 horses from 2011). Another helpful factor was the increase of various technologies over the last five years, with the biggest gains coming from transmissions with additional gears, gasoline direct-injected and turbocharged engines. The number of fuel-efficient vehicles has also risen since 2008 - there were five times as many cars offering 30 mpg and quadruple the number of cars offering 40 mpg sold in 2012 over the previous year; diesel engines and electrification have made large increases in this period as well.<br /><br />Numbers for 2013 probably won't be announced until close to this time next year, but the report shows that an increase of 0.6 mpg and a decrease of 6 grams/mile of CO2 are expected. <a href="/2013/12/15/epa-average-mpg-new-record-2012/#continued">Scroll down</a> for the highlights of the report, or head over to the EPA if you feel like trudging through the whole thing.<p><a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2013/12/15/epa-average-mpg-new-record-2012/" rel="bookmark">Continue reading <em>EPA says average MPG of new cars sold in 2012 hit record</em></a></p><p style="padding:5px;background:#ddd;border:1px solid #ccc;clear:both;"><a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2013/12/15/epa-average-mpg-new-record-2012/">EPA says average MPG of new cars sold in 2012 hit record</a> originally appeared on <a href="http://www.autoblog.com">Autoblog</a> on Sun, 15 Dec 2013 08:59:00 EST. Please see our <a href="http://www.weblogsinc.com/feed-terms/">terms for use of feeds</a>.</p><h6 style="clear: both; padding: 8px 0 0 0; height: 2px; font-size: 1px; border: 0; margin: 0; padding: 0;"></h6><a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2013/12/15/epa-average-mpg-new-record-2012/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to this entry">Permalink</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="http://www.autoblog.com/forward/20788189/" title="Send this entry to a friend via email">Email this</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2013/12/15/epa-average-mpg-new-record-2012/#comments" title="View reader comments on this entry">Comments</a><div class="feedflare">

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