New 2019 cars sold in the United States consumed on average more fuel than the previous year. Manufacturers that fail to meet government emissions targets continue to buy from other manufacturers on a large scale.
The average consumption of all New 2019 cars sold in the United States was 1 liter at 10.59 km. Although this is a significant improvement compared to 15 years ago (1 in 8.2), it is worse than it was in 2018. Reuters reported based on figures from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Then the average consumption was 1 in 10.67.
The three major American car groups are on average less favored with their fleets than the average consumption of all new cars sold in the United States. For GM and Ford, 1 liter is 9.57 km. The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is worse, with 1 in 9.02. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the high average fuel consumption is mainly due to the growing popularity of SUVs. Passenger cars, which tend to be lighter and more streamlined, are being sold less and less in the United States.
However, for newly sold 2020 cars, the Environmental Protection Agency expects an improvement. For the total fleet for that year, the average consumption is 1 liter of 10.93 km. That would be more in line with the trend, given that average fuel consumption for the new US fleet has not decreased for just three years in the past fifteen years. At the same time, the growing popularity of SUVs is something that needs to be offset by electric cars and cars with more efficient engines. Consumption and emissions requirements are likely to tighten under future President Joe Biden, and President Donald Trump has largely reversed them.
Since many manufacturers also do not yet meet the current EPA emissions targets, they are buying from other manufacturers with a better average emission credit. Comparison of what is happening in the European Union with emissions of carbon dioxide. Honda, Tesla and Toyota are some of the largest sellers of such credit in the United States. FCA is the biggest customer, but European companies such as BMW and Daimler (Mercedes-Benz) have been forced to do so, according to Reuters.
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