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Contact Francine Romine, UMTRI's director of communications and marketing, for all media inquiries. Ms. Romine may be reached by phone at 734-763-4668 or e-mail fromine@umich.edu.

Automakers on pace to continue meeting fuel economy standards
April 18, 2014

ANN ARBOR—If recent trends continue, auto companies should be able to meet new federal fuel economy standards over the next 12 years, say University of Michigan researchers.

A year after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration...

Connected vehicles: Concerns about security, privacy
April 14, 2014

ANN ARBOR—A majority of Americans, Australians and Britons believe that connected-vehicle technology will make driving safer, but most are also concerned about security and privacy, according to a University of Michigan survey.

The U-M poll found that about 30 percent of nearly 1,600...

Gas mileage at all-time high
April 3, 2014

ANN ARBOR—Fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the U.S. is now at its best mark ever, say researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

Average fuel economy (window-sticker values) of cars, light trucks, vans and SUVs purchased in March was 25.4 mpg, up 0.3...

Here to stay: Less fuel use by U.S. drivers
April 1, 2014

ANN ARBOR—Despite U.S. population growth, fuel consumption by American drivers of light-duty vehicles is now lower than it was 15 years ago, says a University of Michigan researcher.

In a follow-up to a series of reports released last year, Michael Sivak of the U-M Transportation...

Fuel economy hit record-high last month
March 5, 2014

ANN ARBOR—For the fifth straight month, gas mileage of new vehicles sold in the U.S. topped 25 mpg and was at a record-high 25.2 mpg in February, say researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

Average fuel economy (window-sticker values) of cars, light...

Roads pose more risk in some places than poor health
February 20, 2014

ANN ARBOR—The next time you go to Africa or the Middle East, you may want to stay off the roads.

A dozen of the world's countries with the highest traffic fatality rates per 100,000 population are part of the African continent, according to researchers at the University of Michigan...

Fuel economy up, vehicle emissions at record low
February 5, 2014

ANN ARBOR—Gas mileage of new vehicles sold in the U.S. improved in January, while emissions are now at their best mark ever, say researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

Average fuel economy (window-sticker values) of cars, light trucks, vans and SUVs...

Let it roll: Low-resistance tires save drivers money
January 16, 2014

ANN ARBOR—Drivers who switch to tires with low rolling resistance can save an average of nearly $150 a year, says a University of Michigan researcher.

"One parameter on which tires differ is their rolling resistance—the force resisting the motion when an object rolls," said Michael Sivak...

Fuel economy of vehicles sold last year at record-high
January 10, 2014

ANN ARBOR—Gas mileage of new vehicles sold in the U.S. was 24.8 mpg in December, the same as the average for all of 2013—the best annual mark ever, say researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

Average fuel economy (window-sticker values) of cars, light...

Fuel economy up 23 percent since 2007
December 5, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Gas mileage of new vehicles sold in the U.S. was 24.8 mpg in November, up 0.1 mpg from the revised October figure, say researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

Average fuel economy (window-sticker values) of cars, light trucks, vans and SUVs...

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