EPA Plans to Revise Automotive Fuel-Efficiency Tests

Tests by Consumer Reports found that EPA sticker estimates were optimistic for 90 percent of the cars and were off in some cases by as much as 50 percent.

Published: 12-Jan-2006

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to announce new testing standards for vehicle fuel efficiency this week, the Detroit Free Press said Tuesday.

The newspaper, citing sources in the agency, said the announcement will be made Thursday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The new tests would give lower estimates of the number of miles a given make and model of car gets in city and highway driving. But they would also provide buyers with a more accurate picture of what they can expect in real life.

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