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EPA: New MPG Calculation, Sticker Coming for 2008


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Date posted: 12-11-2006


:redcard: WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Environmental Protection Agency will be switching testing methods to determine the miles per gallon (MPG) estimates that appear on new-vehicle window stickers.


The new standards will take effect for model-year 2008 vehicles, which may be available for sale as soon as next month. :drop:


"EPA's new fuel-economy sticker ensures American motorists won't be stuck with higher-than-anticipated charges at the pump," said EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson. "Consumers can get more bang for their buck by considering fuel use while shopping for cars and trucks — saving money on refueling costs while helping protect our environment."


EPA's new methods come closer to what consumers will actually see in real-life driving, the agency said, by including factors such as high speeds, aggressive accelerations, air-conditioning use and driving in cold temperatures. :doh: Test methods for calculating these estimates were last revised in 1984. :banghead:


In addition to better fuel-economy estimates, the EPA will be requiring fuel-economy-estimate labeling of medium-duty vehicles, which are between 8,500 and 10,000 pounds, beginning in 2011.


What this means to you: Now the information you see on the window sticker might actually help you predict your fuel costs. :hysterical2: But Americans only care when prices are going up, it seems. :shift:

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