New car economy figures show big improvement

October 13, 2010 | By | In Statistics

The new cars we drive are becoming more and more economical with fuel. According to a new report, there has been a big jump in fuel economy over the past year. Over the last year, almost 1.8 million new cars were sold and overall, they are capable of averaging 45.1mpg – that’s over 3mpg better than a year ago.

Fuel economy figures have improved steadily over recent years. Four years back, the average stood at only 37.9mpg. DrivenData, who produced the report, says miles-per-gallon figures improved steadily through 2006-2009 by an average of 3.5% per year.

The improvement is due in part to the increasing popularity of diesel engines, which are usually more economical than similar petrol-engined models. It’s also down to new regulations controlling car emissions, which mean that older, thirstier models and more polluting models have ceased production.

According to manufacturers’ official figures Smart produces the UK’s most economical cars, with the ForFour capable of squeezing 85.6 miles from each gallon across a variety of journeys. At the other extreme, A Ferrari 612 Scaglietti returns just 13.8mpg.

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