The Environmental Protection Agency says that model-year 2012 cars and trucks have the highest-ever real-world average fuel economy at 23.8 mpg. That's 1.2 mpg higher than the previous peak, set in 2010. Mileage fell by 0.2 mpg in 2011, in part because of the disasters in Japan that reduced production by Honda and Toyota, leaving car buyers with fewer options for gas-saving models that year.
— Los Angeles Times
BMW diesel debuts
BMW on Wednesday unveiled its
2014 3 Series sedan, the 328d, equipped with a diesel engine that is expected to get more than 40 mpg on the highway. The 328d, on display at the ongoing New York auto show, will generate 180 horsepower and go from zero to 60 in 7.2 seconds, BMW says. The 3 Series is the top-selling luxury car in the U.S.
— The Associated Press