US vehicles at bottom of the list of fuel economy standards of industrialized countries

Cars sure do drive better and look a lot nicer than this 1985 model, but overall, they have the same fuel economy standards. Photo courtesy of Flickr.

The US ranks at the bottom of the list for fuel economy standards, according to this News.com story.

U.S. fuel-efficiency requirements for passenger cars have been stuck at 27.5 miles per gallon since 1985, while the standard for pickups, minivans and other light trucks will increase from 20.7 mpg in 2004 to 24 mpg in 2011.

That puts the United States behind Canada, South Korea, Australia, China, members of the European Union and Japan in vehicle fuel economy, according to the report from the International Council on Clean Transportation.

Gasoline demand makes up 45 percent of daily US oil consumption, according to the article.

I am curious about what the article didn’t say.

Does anyone out there have any figures about the actual overall average fuel economy of today’s automotive fleet versus the average economy from 1985? Surely the average has to be higher than back then, even if the economy standards are the same. Am I wrong?

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