*Car Shoppers Can Save Money and Time with 2009 Fuel Economy Guide*
(Washington, D.C.) To help consumers make well-informed choices when
purchasing new vehicles, EPA and the Department of Energy (DOE) have
unveiled the 2009 Fuel Economy Guide.
"With the new Fuel Economy Guide in hand, Americans now have the
information they need to buy greener and cleaner cars and trucks," said
EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson. "This valuable guide can help
jump start any search for a better, more efficient automobile."
"Today new car buyers have more fuel efficient and alternative fuel
options than ever before," Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman said.
"Knowledge is power and this guide provides consumers with necessary
information to make smart vehicle purchasing decisions that will save
them money at the pump."
Fuel-efficient models come in all types and sizes, so consumers can save
thousands of dollars over a vehicle's lifetime without sacrificing
performance. Included in the 2009 fuel economy leaders are diesel
vehicles certified to EPA's tightest emissions standards. Consumers now
have access to the cleanest diesels ever available in the U.S. marketplace.
Each vehicle listing in the Fuel Economy Guide provides an estimated
annual fuel cost. The online guide includes an interactive feature that
allows consumers to insert their local gasoline prices and typical
driving habits to receive a personalized fuel cost estimate. Fuel
economy estimates now include the revised test methods implemented in
model year 2008. These revised tests better reflect "real world"
driving conditions and habits, including higher highway speed limits and
use of accessories such as air conditioning.
For the first time, the Fuel Economy Guide is available to mobile users
(fueleconomy.gov/m), and is readily accessible from a mobile device,
smart phone, or personal digital assistant (or PDA).
More online sources with fuel economy information:
Joint DOE/EPA Fuel Economy website for detailed information on fuel
economy, including a complete version of the Fuel Economy Guide to
Comprehensive information about EPA's Fuel Economy program:
The Green Vehicle Guide website to locate the cleanest and most fuel
efficient vehicles: http://www.epa.gov/greenvehicles
The 2009 fuel economy leaders within each class as well as the lowest
fuel economy models: http://www.epa.gov/fueleconomy/overall-high.htm
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