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  • Vehicle Fuel Economy Has Biggest U.S. Gain Since 1975

    Vehicle Fuel Economy Has Biggest U.S. Gain Since 1975

    by Mark Drajem & Angela Greiling Keane Bloomberg March 15, 2013 An annual report by the Environmental Protection Agency showed new cars and trucks had a 16 percent gain in fuel efficiency in the past five years, to 23.8 miles per gallon… “The industry is getting it,” Alan Baum, principal of Baum & Associates, an automotive consulting firm in West Bloomfield, Michigan, said in an interview. “Obviously does it keep getting more difficult as the numbers go up? Of course [...]

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  • U.S. Fuel Economy Continues Record-Breaking Surge

    U.S. Fuel Economy Continues Record-Breaking Surge

    GM Lays Out Plans to Save 12 Billion Gallons of Fuel by 2017, The fuel economy of the U.S. vehicle fleet continues to increase at a record-breaking pace in 2013 – and U.S. automakers are laying plans for continued improvements which will reduce fuel consumption by billions of gallons over the next five years.

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  • New cars at Chicago Auto Show sip gasoline

    New cars at Chicago Auto Show sip gasoline

    by Robert Channick Chicago Tribune February 8, 2013 The 105th Chicago Auto Show, which opens Saturday at McCormick Place, will feature the latest high-tech innovations, screaming muscle cars and drool-worthy exotics. But the biggest head-turner may be a small black-and-white number affixed to the windows of the impossibly polished vehicles — the estimated miles per gallon. After years of high gas prices, fuel efficiency is becoming as sexy as horsepower for many car buyers, and a priority for manufacturers. Read [...]

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  • In Detroit, Automakers Take Strides Toward New Obama Standards

    In Detroit, Automakers Take Strides Toward New Obama Standards

    by Tim McDonnell, ClimateDesk.org, Jan. 17th 2013 Alan Baum has to shout into the phone for me to hear him over the cacophony of the Detroit Auto Show, which opened Monday. Around him, thousands of journalists swarm from one new car to the next, lights flash, DJs spin, and the cream of the world’s automotive crop glistens. “A lot of show and not a lot of substance,” Baum, an industry analyst, jokes. Just to look around at the “performance” cars [...]

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  • 2013 Could be a Record Breaker for Fuel Efficiency and Electric Vehicles

    2013 Could be a Record Breaker for Fuel Efficiency and Electric Vehicles

    Looking forward to 2013, I see good news for new car buyers. Showrooms will have an unprecedented number of fuel-efficient models of both the gasoline and electric varieties. Plug-in electric vehicles are set to reach new records for sales and fleet average fuel economy will be at all-time high levels.

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  • The future looks bright for high mileage vehicles

    The future looks bright for high mileage vehicles

    by Don Bain Torque News December 19, 2012 Speaking during a new conference today, Alan L. Baum, principal at Baum & Associates and Luke Tonachel, senior vehicles analyst for Natural Resources Defense Council agreed the future could not look better for high mileage vehicles and the American consumer… Read more…

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