US EPA estimates slight fuel economy gains in 2005


WASHINGTON, July 28 (Reuters) - U.S. auto fuel efficiency is expected to rise slightly this year but with vehicles getting heavier and more powerful it still remains far below the best gains of the 1980s, the government said on Thursday. The estimated average for model year 2005 cars and light trucks, like pickups, sport utilities and vans, is 21 miles per gallon, which is up 0.2 mpg from last year, the Environmental Protection Agency said in its annual report on fuel efficiency. The ...

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