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.