Despite $4 Gasoline, Americans Slow to Buy Fuel Efficient Vehicles

Hybrid car's percent of overall sales slips even further compared to 2009.

Published: 29-Mar-2011

Automakers are spending more than $50 billion to meet the government's 2016 fuel economy law, but consumers aren't buying enough of the fuel-efficient vehicles necessary to allow automakers to achieve the required 35.5 miles-per-gallon average.

Despite rising gas prices and new electric cars and hybrids, the fuel economy of Americans' new vehicles stagnated last year.

The 2010 average of all new vehicles actually slipped to 22.2 m.p.g. from 22.3 m.p.g., according to a report from Ward's Automotive Reports that examined calendar-year sales.


Ford Fusion Hybrid could be one of the beneficiaries of GSA order.

General Services Administration also plans to buy about 100 plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles in fiscal 2011.

MKZ Hybrid powered by 2.5L Atkinson-cycle engine.

The 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid uses Ford's second-generation hybrid technology, allowing the car to travel in EV-mode up to 47 mph.

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is equipped with 1.4kWh lithium polymer battery pack.

2011 Sonata Hybrid utilizes lithium polymer batteries and can reach 62 mph in EV-mode.


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