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Mazda leads the way with improved mileage

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Gas mileage for new cars and trucks sold in the US is up, now averaging 24 mpg thanks to more stringent federal regulations that require automakers to sell cars and trucks that “get a combined 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.”

“Many automakers already are meeting gas mileage standards for 2016,” noted EPA director of Transportation and Air quality Christopher Grundler, who praised new innovations such as more efficient engines and multi-speed transmissions that “keep engines at peak efficiency”

They have also have improved the aerodymanic designs as well as making the vehicles lighter,” he remarked.

Other improvements include using more pumps powered off a battery rather than the engine to cut down significantly on drag.

Leading the pack for better mileage is Mazda, with an average of 27 mpg, followed by Honda at 26.6 and VW at 25.8 mpg. Those with the poorest ratings are GM whose truck, cars and SUVs rated around 21.7 miles per gallon, Mercedes-Benz luxury vehicles at 21.1 and Chrysler-Fiat with a rather poor 20.1 rating.

Still, figures were up 22% since 204, and 12% since 2008, noted Grundler.

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