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Old 12-18-2007, 11:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Article: Do Any Current Cars Meet the New CAFE Standard?

The Winding Road web site has a look to see how many US vehicles currently meet the average FE that's expected for 2012. The results are not encouraging.


Do Any Current Cars Meet the New CAFE Standard?

Yes, we know CAFE standards measure the average fuel economy of all cars sold by a manufacturer in a given year. And yes, we’re also aware that the new magic 35 mpg figure is still two steps and about 12 years away.

Still, we started wondering - are there any cars currently on the market that could actually reach a combined EPA average of 35 mpg today? We hopped onto the EPA’s website to see what we could find.

Presently, there are two vehicles for sale that have a 2008 EPA combined mileage rating of 35 mpg or better. Not surprisingly, both are relatively small in size and utilize hybrid propulsion systems.

The answer?

2 cars: the Prius, and Civic hybrids.

(What about the Daimler smart?)

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Old 12-18-2007, 12:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I bet if you took a look at cars world wide, you'd find a good number of dozens that make it,
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Old 12-18-2007, 03:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I checked the EPA site and they don't have the Smart listed for 2008.

Yet on this site over 52% do.

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