Erin Berger

Industry Analyst,

Erin is a member of the WardsAuto data and research group.

WardsAuto Fuel Economy Index Rises 2.2% in the First Half of 2014
The average rating for cars grew 2.6% to 29.3 mpg. Light trucks averaged 21.1 mpg, 3.2% higher than year-ago.
North American Light-Vehicle Production Up 6.7% in June 
Production of light trucks, especially CUVs and pickups, remained strong. Car production grew slightly in the month, but was still down for the year.
June U.S. Fuel Economy Slips From Prior Month
The average fuel-economy rating for cars and light trucks sold in June decreased from May as the market shifted to less fuel-efficient segments.
North American Light-Vehicle Production Up 4.4% in May 
Car production was slowed by high inventory levels, but growing light truck sales kept production up.
Record Fuel Economy for U.S. Light Vehicles in May
The index rating for May was 1.4% above April, the largest month-to-month increase since January 2013, due to a market shift to smaller vehicles and hybrid and electric powertrains.
North American Light Vehicle Production Down Slightly in April 
High inventory levels slowed some manufacturers, but Nissan and Toyota posted best-ever April results.
April U.S. Light-Vehicle Fuel Economy Maintains Year Average
Asian automakers posted a record high, but the Detroit Three brought the average back down.
North American Light Vehicle Production Up 7.9% in March 
Several automakers, including Toyota, Kia and Nissan, recorded best-ever March results.
U.S. Light Vehicles Set Fuel-Economy Record in March
Increased market share of cars and alternative-fuel vehicles brought the market average to 25.3 mpg.
North American Light-Vehicle Production Up 4.4% in February 
Car production declined 3.6%, but an 11.0% increase in light-truck production kept the total up.
February Fuel Economy Falls From Prior Month 
Increased ratings of some automakers were not enough to raise the index score above record-high levels from January.
North American Light-Vehicle January Production Hits 11-Year High 
New facilities in Mexico led the country to its best-ever January.
Record Fuel Economy for U.S. Light Vehicles in January 
Increased market share of the most fuel-efficient segments and improved scores across the board brought the index average to a record high.
North American Light-Vehicle Output Finishes 2013 at 13-Year High 
December production brought the full-year 2013 total to 16,074,821 units, up 4.5% from 2012 and nearly double 2009, when the market was deep in the recession.
December U.S. Fuel Economy Slips From November Levels 
Light trucks achieved record-high fuel economy, but the score for cars decreased as the market shifted toward larger models.
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