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EPA LISTS MILEAGE ESTIMATES FOR 2001 MODEL YEAR VEHICLES

Release Date: 10/2/2000
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FOR RELEASE: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2000

***EMBARGOED UNTIL 2 P.M. (EDT) MONDAY, OCT. 2, 2000***


EPA LISTS MILEAGE ESTIMATES FOR 2001 MODEL YEAR VEHICLES



The Environmental Protection Agency today announced the 26th annual Miles Per Gallon rankings for passenger vehicles. The fuel economy estimates for the 2001 model year vehicles rank the Honda Insight as the most fuel efficient car at 61 miles per gallon (mpg) for city driving and 68 mpg on the highway. The Ferrari 550 Maranello has the lowest fuel economy rating of all vehicles with a city rating at 8 mpg and 13 mpg highway.

“These rankings can help every consumer make more informed decisions when purchasing a new vehicle,” said EPA Administrator Carol M. Browner. “Choosing the most fuel-efficient vehicle in a class can save the owner at least $1500 in fuel costs, avoid tons of the pollution that causes global warming and help reduce dependence on imported oil.”

For the second year in a row, advanced hybrid technology vehicles rank the best in fuel efficiency. The leader, Honda Insight, is an electric hybrid vehicle, as is the second-ranking Toyota Prius (at 52 mpg city and 45 mpg highway). Advanced hybrid technology includes the combination of a small gasoline engine and a self-charging electric motor/generator.

Other fuel efficient vehicles in various class sizes include the Honda Accord and Mazda 626 midsize sedans; Ford Focus midsize station wagon; the Oldsmobile Silhouette, Chevrolet Venture and Pontiac Montana minivans; the Toyota RAV4 sport utility vehicle; and the Chevrolet S10, GMC Sonoma and Isuzu Hombre pickup trucks. Mileages for these vehicles range from 28 mpg city/36 mpg highway to 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway.

Detailed information on vehicle fuel economy, including a downloadable version of the Fuel Economy Guide can be found at www.fueleconomy.gov, a website maintained jointly by EPA and the Department of Energy. The web site allows users to compare side-by-side fuel economy, greenhouse gas emissions and estimated annual fuel costs. The site includes fuel economy information going back as far as 1985, which can be useful for buyers of used cars. The printed version of the “2001 Fuel Economy Guide” will be available at car dealerships, public libraries and credit unions later this fall.

“With the click of a mouse, consumers can learn valuable and helpful information to help make wise car-buying decisions,” said Department of Energy Secretary Bill Richardson. “Car shoppers can do side-by-side comparisons on numerous vehicle models from 1985 to the present, reviewing their fuel efficiency measures.”

To improve fuel economy, vehicle owners should service their vehicles regularly, accelerate gradually, avoid engine idling and carrying unneeded items in the trunk, use air conditioning sparingly, keep tires fully inflated and aligned, and use overdrive. These techniques also help reduce air pollution and save gasoline.

The miles-per-gallon ratings appear on window stickers on all new cars and light trucks prior to sale. Consumers can use this information to identify the most fuel efficient vehicle within the class of vehicles they are considering buying.

The fuel economy estimates are generated in conjunction with EPA's vehicle emission testing program. Pre-production vehicles are tested under controlled laboratory conditions for both fuel economy and emissions.

Lists of the highest and lowest mpg ratings by vehicle class are attached.

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Highest Fuel Economy by Vehicle Class

2001 Model Year

MPG
Class Model city/highway
Two Seater Honda Insight (hybrid electric) 61/68

Minicompact Car Audi TT Coupe 22/31

Subcompact Car Volkswagen New Beetle (diesel) 42/49

Compact Car Toyota Prius (hybrid electric) 52/45

Midsize Car Honda Accord , Mazda 626 26/32

Large Car Chevrolet Impala 21/32

Small Station Wagon Saturn SW 27/38

Midsize Station Wagon Ford Focus Station Wagon 28/36

Sport Utility Vehicle (2WD) Toyota RAV4 25/31

Sport Utility Vehicle (4WD) Suzuki Vitara 2-Door 25/27

Minivan Oldsmobile Silhouette 19/26
Pontiac Montana
Chevrolet Venture

Pickup Truck Isuzu Hombre Pickup 2WD 22/28
Chevrolet S10 Pickup 2WD
GMC Sonoma 2WD

Cargo Van Chevrolet Astro/GMC Safari 17/22

Passenger Van Chevrolet Astro/GMC Safari 16/21

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Lowest Fuel Economy by Vehicle Class
2001 Model Year

MPG
Class Model city/highway
Two Seater Ferrari 550 Maranello/Barchetta 8/13

Minicompact Car Porsche 911 Turbo 15/22

Subcompact Car Ferrari 456 MGT/MGTA 10/15

Compact Car Bentley Continental R 11/16

Midsize Car Bentley Arnage/Rolls Royce Silver Seraph 11/16

Large Car Rolls Royce Park Ward 12/16

Small Station Wagon BMW 540I Sport Wagon 15/21

Midsize Station Wagon Ford Taurus Wagon 14/20

Sport Utility Vehicle (2WD) Dodge Durango/Lincoln Navigator 12/17

Sport Utility Vehicle (4WD) Range Rover 12/15

Minivan Chrysler Town&Country AWD 17/22

Pickup Truck GMC K1500 Sierra 4WD 11/14

Cargo Van Dodge RAM Van 2500 2WD 12/15
Ford E250 Natural Gas

Passenger Van Dodge Ram Wagon 250 2WD 12/16

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TOP FUEL ECONOMY LEADERS - 2001 MODEL YEAR


Manufacturer/Model City/Highway

1. Honda Insight (electric hybrid) 61/68
2. Toyota Prius (electric hybrid) 52/45
3. Volkswagen Golf (diesel, manual) 42/49
3. Volkswagen Jetta (diesel, manual) 42/49
3. Volkswagen New Beetle (diesel, manual) 42/49
4. Honda Civic HX (manual) 36/44
5. Suzuki Swift 36/42
6. Honda Civic HX (automatic) 35/40
7. Volkswagen Jetta (diesel, automatic) 34/45
7. Volkswagen Golf (diesel, automatic) 34/45
7. Volkswagen New Beetle (diesel, automatic) 34/45
8. Toyota Echo 34/41
9. Chevrolet Prizm 32/41
9. Toyota Corolla 32/41
10. Honda Civic 32/39

LOWEST FUEL ECONOMY MODELS - 2001 MODEL YEAR



Manufacturer/Model City/Highway

1. Ferrari 550 Maranello/Barchetta 8/13
2. Lamborghini DB132/144 Diablo 10/13
3. Ferrari 456 MGT/MGTA (automatic) 10/15
4. Ferrari 456 MGT/MGTA (manual) 10/16
5. GMC K1500 Sierra 4WD 11/14
6. Bentley Continental R 11/16
6. Bentley Arnage 11/16
6. Rolls Royce Silver Seraph 11/16
6. Ford F150 Natural Gas 11/16
6. Bentley Azure 11/16
6. Bentley Continental SC 11/16
6. Bentley Continental T 11/16
6. Rolls Royce Corniche 11/16
6. Ferrari 360 Modena/Spider 11/16
7. Dodge Viper Convertible 11/21
7. Dodge Viper Coupe 11/21
8. Land Rover Range Rover 12/15
8. Dodge Ram Van 2500 2WD (CNG) 12/15
8. Ford E250 Natural Gas 12/15
9. Rolls Royce Park Ward 12/16
9. Rolls Royce Silver Seraph 12/16
9. Lincoln Navigator 4WD 12/16
9. GMC K1500 Yukon 4WD 12/16
9. GMC K1500 Yukon XL 4WD 12/16
9. Dodge Ram 1500 Pickup 4WD 12/16
9. Dodge Ram Wagon 2500 (CNG) 12/16
9. Dodge Ram Wagon 2500 12/16
10. Lincoln Navigator 2WD 12/17
10. Dodge Durango 2WD 12/17
10. Dodge Durango 4WD 12/17
10. Ford Expedition 4WD 12/17
10. Dodge Dakota Pickup 4WD 12/17
10. Dodge Ram1500 Pickup 4WD 12/17
10. Dodge Ram Van 1500 2WD 12/17
10. Dodge Ram Van 2500 2WD 12/17
10. Dodge Ram Wagon 2500 2WD 12/17