TABLE 1-5-8 - Average Fuel Efficiency of U.S. Passenger Cars and Light Trucks: 1998-2009

TABLE 1-5-8 - Average Fuel Efficiency of U.S. Passenger Cars and Light Trucks: 1998-2009

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Miles per gallon

   Average U.S. passenger car fuel efficiency (calendar year) New vehicle fuel efficiency (model year) CAFE standards (model year)
Passenger car Other 2-axle 4-tire vehicle Passenger car Domestic passenger car Imported passenger car Light truck (<8,500 lbs GVWR) Passenger car Light truck
1998 21.6 17.2 28.8 28.6 29.2 21.0 27.5 20.7
1999 21.4 17.0 28.3 28.0 29.0 20.9 27.5 20.7
2000 21.9 17.4 28.5 28.7 28.3 21.3 27.5 20.7
2001 22.1 17.6 28.8 28.7 29.0 20.9 27.5 20.7
2002 22.0 17.5 29.0 29.1 28.8 21.4 27.5 20.7
2003 22.2 16.2 29.5 29.1 29.9 21.8 27.5 20.7
2004 22.5 16.2 29.5 29.9 28.7 21.5 27.5 20.7
2005 22.1 17.7 30.3 30.5 29.9 22.1 27.5 21.0
2006 22.5 17.8 30.1 30.3 29.7 22.5 27.5 21.6
2007 22.5 18.0 31.2 30.6 32.2 23.1 27.5 22.2
2008 U U 31.2 31.0 31.5 23.6 27.5 22.5
2009 U U 32.6 32.6 32.6 24.2 27.5 23.1

KEY: CAFE = Corporate Average Fuel Economy, GVWR = Gross vehicle weight rating, U = Data are unavailable.

NOTES: New vehicle fuel efficiency and CAFE standards assume 55% city and 45% highway-miles. The fuel efficiency figures for light duty vehicles represent the sales-weighted harmonic average of the combined passenger car and light truck fuel economies.

SOURCES: Average U.S. passenger car fuel efficiency: Federal Highway Administration; New vehicle fuel efficiency (based on model year production) and CAFE standards: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as cited in U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, National Transportation Statistics, table 4-23, available at http://www.bts.gov/publications/national_transportation_statistics/ as of January 2010.