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au­tomak­ers an­a­lysed. Toy­ota Mo­tor Corp’s im­ported car fleet, led by the gaso­line-elec­tric Prius hy­brid, was sec­ond with 38.5 mpg. US Prius sales have gained 87 per cent this year.

Gen­eral Mo­tors Corp’s do­mes­ti­cally built cars had the high­est av­er­age of any US man­u­fac­turer: 29.6 mpg.

Toy­ota’s cor­po­rate av­er­age fuel econ­omy or CAFE is likely to ‘‘ sur­pass 29 miles per gal­lon for our to­tal fleet’’ this year, ac­cord­ing to Tom Stricker, the au­tomaker’s Wash­ing­ton-based di­rec­tor of tech­ni­cal and reg­u­la­tory af­fairs.

Honda ex­pects its fleet av­er­age to go up to 29.5 mpg, Ed Co­hen, the com­pany’s vice-pres­i­dent for gov­ern­ment af­fairs in Wash­ing­ton, says.

US sales of light trucks in the first seven months of 2007 shrank by 142,184 units from a year ear­lier, ac­cord­ing to Au­to­data Corp of Wood­cliff Lake, New Jer­sey. Con­sumer de­mand for more fu­el­ef­fi­cient cars and car-based sportu­til­ity ve­hi­cles picked up as US gaso­line rose to a record $3.22 a gal­lon in May.

Cars gen­er­ally travel farther on a gal­lon of fuel than light trucks. The CAFE stan­dard for cars is 27.5 mpg. For the 2007 model year, the light­truck stan­dard rose by 0.6 mpg to 22.2.

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