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    Study: Consumer Reports: Large majority favor stronger fuel economy standards

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    In advance of eagerly awaited details regarding proposed Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards, Consumer Reports has released results of a new survey, and - no surprise here - 93 percent of respondents "support increased fuel efficiency." Further revelations include 77 percent in favor of car manufacturers producing more fuel-efficient vehicles, and 80 percent agreeing with fuel economy standards requiring fleet averages to top 55 miles per gallon by 2025. Mark Cooper, Director of Research at the Consumer Federation of America, said in a statement,
    "These results reflect the strongest support for higher fuel economy standards and willingness to adopt new fuel savings technologies we have seen to date."
    If there's anything truly interesting to be gleaned from the results, it's that 56 percent of those surveyed claim to be considering a hybrid or EV, with fuel costs cited as a primary motivation. Correspondingly, 81 percent of consumers indicate that they would be willing to pay extra for a vehicle if it was cheaper to operate.

    And these weren't just readers of Consumer Reports who were being polled. The Consumer Reports National Research Center conducted telephone interviews with 1,008 people over the age of 18 who were chosen as a "nationally representative probability sample."

    While automakers have long decried Americans' willingness to put their money where their mouths are when it comes to fuel economy, if this survey is indeed reflective of consumer trends, that could be changing.

    To read the full press release, continue past the jump.Continue reading Consumer Reports: Large majority favor stronger fuel economy standards
    Consumer Reports: Large majority favor stronger fuel economy standards originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 14 Nov 2011 17:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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