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Average Fuel Economy for New Cars Sold Increased by Nearly One MPG in 2012 According to TrueCar's TrueMPG

TrueMPG increased 0.8 MPG in 2012; Reduction in Fuel Consumption of 348 Million Gallons or $1.2 Billion in Fuel Annually; December TrueMPG Increased 0.4 MPG From Last Year

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- TrueCar, the authority on new car pricing information, trends and forecasting, today provided actual economy numbers from new car sales indicating TrueMPG increased to 23.1 mpg in 2012 compared to 22.3 mpg in 2011.  In December 2012, light vehicle auto sales show TrueMPG increased to 23.0 mpg from 22.6 mpg in December 2011, and decreased from November 2012 at 23.2 mpg.

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"Consumers' never ending appetite for more fuel efficient vehicles continued to propel manufacturers to further improve their MPG figures in 2012 with a wider selection of smaller vehicles and less fuel-thirsty powertrains," said Jesse Toprak, Senior Analyst for TrueCar. "An increase of 0.8 miles per gallon in fuel economy translates into a reduction in fuel consumption of 348 million gallons or a savings of about $1.2 billion in fuel annually in the US."

Below is how the top eight manufacturers fared in 2012 versus 2011 with comparing overall mpg, broken out by car and truck mpg:


Average MPG

Average Car MPG

Average Truck MPG

Manufacturer

2012

2011

Change

2012

2011

Change

2012

2011

Change

Chrysler

19.9

19.3

0.6

23.2

22.5

0.7

18.3

18.0

0.3

Ford

22.2

21.5

0.7

27.1

26.0

1.2

19.7

19.3

0.4

GM

21.3

20.8

0.5

25.4

24.5

0.9

18.9

18.8

0.2

Honda

25.3

24.2

1.1

28.6

27.7

0.9

22.4

21.0

1.4

Hyundai/Kia

27.1

26.3

0.7

28.7

28.2

0.5

23.2

23.1

0.1

Nissan

23.7

23.3

0.4

27.0

26.2

0.8

20.0

19.9

0.2

Toyota

24.7

23.6

1.1

30.3

28.3

2.0

19.4

19.3

0.1

Volkswagen

26.5

26.1

0.4

27.6

27.6

0.1

21.9

21.3

0.6

Industry

23.1

22.3

0.8

27.1

25.9

1.2

19.7

19.4

0.3

Below is how the top eight manufacturers fared in December 2012 versus December 2011 comparing overall mpg, broken out by car and truck mpg:


Average MPG

Average Car MPG

Average Truck MPG

Manufacturer

Dec-12

Dec-11

Change

Dec-12

Dec-11

 Change

Dec-12

Dec-11

Change

Chrysler

20.0

19.7

0.3

23.6

23.1

0.5

18.3

18.2

0.1

Ford

22.4

21.8

0.7

29.1

27.6

1.5

19.6

19.5

0.1

GM

20.7

20.5

0.2

25.6

25.4

0.3

18.6

18.6

0.0

Honda

25.8

25.1

0.7

29.7

29.2

0.5

22.3

21.8

0.4

Hyundai/Kia

26.9

26.8

0.1

28.6

28.6

0.0

23.0

23.2

-0.1

Nissan

24.1

23.5

0.5

28.6

27.3

1.2

20.1

19.8

0.3

Toyota

24.2

24.1

0.1

29.9

29.8

0.2

19.3

19.3

0.0

Volkswagen

26.1

26.0

0.1

27.2

27.1

0.1

22.1

21.8

0.2

Industry

23.0

22.6

0.4

27.5

27.0

0.5

19.6

19.5

0.2

According to TrueCar.com, the TrueMPG for vehicles sold by U.S. manufacturers averaged 21.2 mpg in 2012, up from 20.7 mpg in 2011. European manufacturers increased their average fuel economy for vehicles sold from 22.1 mpg to 23.3 mpg; Japanese manufacturers increased their average fuel economy from last year at 23.7 mpg to 24.8 mpg; and South Korean manufacturers increased their average fuel economy for vehicles from 26.3 mpg to 27.1 mpg. 

Below is a snapshot of a few vehicle segments and how they compare from 2012 with 2011:


Average Small Car TrueMPG

Average Midsize Car TrueMPG

Average Large Truck TrueMPG

Manufacturer

2012

2011

Change

2012

2011

Change

2012

2011

Change

Chrysler

29.2

24.9

4.3

24.0

24.1

-2.7

15.8

15.6

0.2

Ford

32.6

31.1

1.5

27.3

26.6

1.8

17.4

17.2

0.2

GM

30.3

29.3

1.0

26.1

25.4

0.7

17.1

17.0

0.0

Honda

32.0

31.2

0.8

26.6

25.6

1.0

17.2

16.9

0.3

Hyundai

30.6

30.3

0.4

27.8

27.3

0.5

 N/A

 N/A

 N/A

Mazda

30.2

26.4

3.7

24.8

24.7

0.1

 N/A

 N/A

 N/A

Mitsubishi

25.2

25.9

-0.7

24.3

24.3

0.0

 N/A

 N/A

 N/A

Nissan

31.2

30.5

0.7

26.3

25.1

1.2

14.3

14.3

0.0

Subaru

27.7

22.2

5.5

24.9

24.2

0.6

 N/A

N/A

 N/A

Suzuki

 N/A

 N/A

 N/A

25.1

25.2

-0.1

 N/A

N/A

 N/A

Toyota

34.8

33.3

1.5

28.4

25.6

2.8

15.5

15.7

-0.2

Volkswagen

30.7

30.9

-0.2

28.9

26.5

2.4

 N/A

N/A

 N/A

Industry

31.7

30.3

1.4

26.7

25.6

1.1

16.8

16.7

0.1

Below is a snapshot of a few vehicle segments and how they compare from December 2012 with December 2011


Average Small Car TrueMPG

Average Midsize Car TrueMPG

Average Large Truck TrueMPG

Manufacturer

Dec-12

Dec-11

Change

Dec-12

Dec-11

Change

Dec-12

Dec-11

Change

Chrysler

31.3

29.9

1.4

24.0

24.0

0.0

15.8

15.8

0.0

Ford

33.6

33.1

0.5

30.9

28.5

2.5

17.4

17.4

0.0

GM

30.0

30.5

-0.5

26.1

25.8

0.3

17.0

17.0

0.0

Honda

32.0

32.2

-0.2

28.5

27.4

1.1

17.2

17.1

0.1

Hyundai

31.0

30.8

0.3

27.7

27.7

0.0

 N/A

 N/A

 N/A

Mazda

30.9

29.6

1.3

24.3

24.7

-0.4

 N/A

 N/A

 N/A

Mitsubishi

24.7

25.0

-0.3

24.3

24.3

0.0

 N/A

 N/A

 N/A

Nissan

32.6

32.0

0.6

28.5

26.7

1.9

14.3

14.3

0.0

Subaru

27.2

26.5

0.7

25.6

24.8

0.8

 N/A

 N/A

 N/A

Suzuki

 N/A

 N/A

N/A

25.1

25.1

0.0

 N/A

 N/A

 N/A

Toyota

35.0

34.8

0.2

28.2

28.0

0.2

15.5

15.6

0.0

Volkswagen

29.5

29.8

-0.3

29.0

28.5

0.5

 N/A

 N/A

 N/A

Industry

31.8

31.6

0.2

27.7

26.9

0.8

16.8

16.8

0.0

TrueMPG is an easy-to-understand and objective way to comprehend monthly fuel economy averages by brand, manufacturer, origin and vehicle segments using Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") ratings and actual monthly automotive sales-weighted data.  TrueCar.com seeks to provide transparency and truth in average fuel economy, providing an alternative view to Corporate Average Fuel Economy ("CAFE") ratings that can be confusing and misleading.  TrueMPG helps keep in perspective each manufacturer's average miles per gallon per car sold, computing it monthly and annually, using the EPA's window sticker ratings.

TrueMPG computes monthly average fuel economy by brand, manufacturer, origin and vehicle segments by using actual sales data for the current month. Calculations start at the trim level, taking into account EPA fuel economy data including engine size and drivetrain that affect a vehicle's MPG ratings; the sales share from each trim level is then calculated to create an average for each model.  Brand level data is calculated by the sales share of each model and the manufacturer data is then based on the share of each brand, providing an accurate and completely data driven picture of actual measured MPGs in the market place. TrueCar utilizes the EPA's average fuel economy rating using 45 percent highway and 55 percent city driving behavior.

For additional data on TrueMPG by brand, manufacturer, origin and vehicle segment, please visit the TrueCar Truth Blog. The TrueMPG data will be released in January's TrueCar.com TrueTrends report.  You can follow TrueCar on Twitter (@TrueCar) and become a fan of TrueCar on Facebook and Google+.

About TrueCar, Inc.

TrueCar, Inc., headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif., with offices in Santa Barbara, Calif., San Francisco, Calif., and Austin, Texas, is an automotive pricing information and analysis company that creates a better buying experience for dealers and consumers.  As an online publisher of unbiased new and used car transaction data, TrueCar.com provides price reports that empower dealers and consumers to agree on the parameters of a fair deal by supplying a transparent, simple understanding of what others recently paid for similarly-equipped new cars in their geographic area.  TrueCar also owns ALG, the benchmark for vehicle value information to the automotive industry and has been forecasting residual values for nearly 50 years in both the U.S. and Canadian markets.

TrueCar is a data-driven company that sources, compiles, and analyzes car-buying information unlike anybody in the industry.  This is why, since its founding in 2005, TrueCar dealer partners have sold over 600,000 vehicles across the country.  Its national network of more than 5,200 Certified Dealers is committed to provide no-hassle pricing for some of the country's largest membership and service organizations, including American Express, AAA, USAA and Consumer Reports that collectively represent more than one million monthly in-market customers.

You can follow TrueCar on Twitter (@TrueCar) and become a fan of TrueCar on Facebook and Google+.

Disclaimer
This press release and the information contained herein is for noncommercial use on "as-is, as available" basis and may be used for informational purposes only.  TrueCar makes no representations or warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in this press release and the results of the use of such information, including without limitation, the implied warranty of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement.  The information contained in this press release may include technical inaccuracies or typographical errors.  Neither TrueCar nor any of its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates or respective partners, officers, or directors, employees or agents shall be held liable for any damages, whether direct, incidental, indirect, special or consequential, including without limitation, lost revenues or lost profits, arising from or in connection with your use or reliance on the information presented in this press release.

SOURCE TrueCar, Inc.

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