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New-Vehicle MPG Dips to 25.3

The average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in August, decreased by 0.1 mpg from 25.4 to 25.3 mpg compared to the previous month, according to a study by the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI).

The Adverse Impact of Staggered Production Schedules on Fleet Planning and Ordering

Nowadays, OEMs introduce new models throughout the calendar-year. For many fleet managers, the staggered release of new models complicates fleet planning and the ordering process. Some model lines may have variable final order and startup dates due to muttiple plant assignments and model configurations. Fleet-minded OEMs have been terrific partners to fleets and, together, there should be a way to mitigate the impact of staggered production schedules for their largest customers.

Game-Changing Fleet Megatrends

Within the context of fleet management, the concept of megatrends is used to identify economic and technological forces that can potentially alter our present-day industry in game-changing ways. Among the current megatrends that can potentially alter fleet as we know it are a higher interest rate environment, a higher taxation environment, leap-frogging technology, changing fleet demographics, and higher acquisition costs.

Impact of Future CAFE Standards on Resale Values

The cost to design and build vehicles to meet the higher 2017-2021 fuelefficiency standards will average an additional $2,000 to $6,000 per vehicle. Proponents of the higher CAFE standards argue the higher acquisition costs will be offset by much greater fuel savings. However, is there a diminishing return on cost savings as fuel efficiency increases? Kelley Blue Book thinks so.

GM and LG to Jointly Develop EVs

DETROIT – General Motors and LG Group announced they have agreed to jointly design and engineer future electric vehicles, expanding a relationship built on LG’s work as the battery cell supplier for the Chevrolet Volt and Opel Ampera extended-range EVs.

Proposed 2025 CAFE Standards to be the Catalyst for the Hybridization of Fleets

The 2025 CAFE rules will have a dramatic impact on the types of future vehicles in fleet operations. Currently, no OEM can meet the 2025 CAFE standard of 54.5 mpg, which will double the average EPA-rated fuel economy for all OEMs selling vehicles in the U.S. in less than two decades. Today, only a handful of models get 39 mpg or more. To achieve this standard, the government plans to incentivize the use of advanced technologies, such as hybrid powertrains and vehicle electrification.

CAFE to Increase to 54.5 MPG by 2025

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama announced an agreement with 13 automakers to increase the corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standard to 54.5 miles per gallon for cars and light-duty trucks by model-year 2025.