U.S. Consumers Frustration Grows with Lack of Fuel Efficient Car Choices

A great majority of Americans demand equal access to the dozens of fuel-efficient cars currently only sold outside the country. While they intensify pressure on Congress to raise federal fuel efficiency standards, policymakers are starting to move.

Published: 01-Mar-2007

86% of consumers think that vehicles from U.S. and foreign carmakers achieving a fuel efficiency of 35 miles per gallon (mpg) or more should be available to them inside the U.S. This translates to a potential market of at least 2.5 million U.S. consumers for the introduction of fuel-efficient cars currently sold outside the country.

 
In addition, 85% of Americans now agree that higher fuel efficiency is needed, and 80% would support "Congress in taking the lead to achieve the highest possible fuel efficiency as quickly as possible" by raising the federal minimum standard to 40 mpg. More than three-quarters think that requiring the same kind of vehicle fuel efficiency that is already achieved in Europe would help troubled U.S. carmakers to close the gap on their global competitors.

These results from a national opinion survey conducted by the non-profit Civil Society Institute do not come as a surprise bearing in mind that only two vehicles sold in the U.S. achieve a combined gas mileage of at least 40 mpg while 113 of such vehicles are already available overseas.

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