Americans have bought less gas every week for the past year. During those 52 weeks, gasoline consumption dropped by 4.2 billion gallons, or 3 percent, according to MasterCard SpendingPulse. The decline tops a 51-week slide in 2008. The main reason is higher gas prices, but better fuel efficiency across autos is also cited as a factor in the drop.
— NWautos staff
Sales of the Toyota Prius hybrid (shown) jumped 54 percent in March, while the Camry midsize sedan saw sales rise 35 percent. Other automakers also saw big sales gains for fuel-efficient cars. Sales of the Chevrolet Cruze were up 20 percent, the Ford Focus was up 65 percent and the Nissan Versa rose 41 percent.
— The Associated Press