As Gas Prices Rise, Newer Cars Saving Drivers at the Pump (Audio)

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Motorists who hit the roads for summer trips to get out of Forest City and “avoid” all of the events coming to town,¬†will likely feel a pinch at the gas pump, but some will spend a lot less fueling up than others. New research from the Consumer Federation of America finds the average fuel economy of new cars has increased by 20-percent in the past six years. Spokesman Jack Gillis says the savings should continue to grow as manufacturers improve fuel efficiency.

Critics, including some car dealers and manufacturers, have voiced concerns that the standards could hurt business. But Gillis says consumers are driving the demand for more efficient vehicles, such as hybrids that use both gas and electricity. New fuel economy standards require cars and light trucks to average just over 54 miles per gallon by 2025. Gillis says overall, Americans are showing strong support for those standards.

Critics, including some car dealers and manufacturers, have voiced concerns that the standards could hurt business. But Gillis says consumers are driving the demand for more fuel-efficient cars.

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