Auto Fuel Efficiency Drops to Twenty-Year Low:

The "Washington Post" (October 2) reports that according to the U.S. EPA's new annual assessment of automobile fuel efficiency, the average fuel economy for new 1999 passenger cars was 28.1 mpg, but the average for light trucks, including SUVs and minivans, was 20.3 mpg.

As a result, overall fuel economy for passenger vehicles was 23.8 mpg, the lowest since 1980 and six-tenths of a mile per gallon lower than in 1998. Fuel economy fleetwide reached a peak of 25.9 mpg in 1987-88. The most fuel-efficient cars, those getting at least 40 mpg, represent just 0.57% of the U.S. market. On the other hand, light trucks such as the Land Rover Range Rover -- the least efficient SUV on the list, getting just 12 mpg in the city and 15 on the highway -- account for 48.08% of the market, up from 47.31% in 1998. Light trucks and their derivatives are expected to reach a 50% market share next year.

The EPA report can be found at:

Information courtesy of:
Sustainable Energy Coalition: "Weekly Update"