Fuel economy hits record highs; power and acceleration climb too

Clevelandby Robert Schoenberger
The Cleveland Plain Dealer
March 18, 2013

New cars hit a fuel economy record last year, getting 23.8 miles a gallon. And at the same time, they got more powerful and better at drag racing.

Along with that mileage, new vehicles went from 0-60 miles an hour in 9.3 seconds, the fastest since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began collecting figures in 1975. Horsepower last year was the second highest ever, falling slightly from 2011’s record.

Credit new technology, such as the engine work Ford is doing at Brook Park, for the simultaneous boosts in power and efficiency.

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