2012 car buyers set record for fuel economy, researchers say

By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times January 7, 2013

American drivers appear to be slowly getting fuel economy religion.

The average fuel economy for all vehicles sold last year climbed by 1.3 miles per gallon, or 6%, to a record high of 23.8 mpg, according to University of Michigan researchers Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle.

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