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Average Fuel Economy for New Cars Sold Increased by Nearly One MPG in 2012 According to TrueCar’s TrueMPG

January 9, 2013

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — TrueCar, the authority on new car pricing information, trends and forecasting, today provided actual economy numbers from new car sales indicating TrueMPG(TM)( )increased to 23.1 mpg in 2012 compared to 22.3 mpg in 2011. In December 2012, light vehicle auto sales show TrueMPG(TM)( )increased to 23.0 mpg from 22.6 mpg in December 2011, and decreased from November 2012 at 23.2 mpg.

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“Consumers’ never ending appetite for more fuel efficient vehicles continued to propel manufacturers to further improve their MPG figures in 2012 with a wider selection of smaller vehicles and less fuel-thirsty powertrains,” said Jesse Toprak, Senior Analyst for TrueCar. “An increase of 0.8 miles per gallon in fuel economy translates into a reduction in fuel consumption of 348 million gallons or a savings of about $1.2 billion in fuel annually in the US.”

Below is how the top eight manufacturers fared in 2012 versus 2011 with comparing overall mpg, broken out by car and truck mpg:

                 Average MPG Average Car MPG Average Truck MPG
                 ----------- --------------- -----------------
    Manufacturer   2012  2011 Change             2012 2011 Change     2012 2011 Change
    ------------   ----  ---- ------             ---- ---- ------     ---- ---- ------
    Chrysler       19.9    19.3              0.6 23.2 22.5        0.7 18.3 18.0        0.3
    --------       ----    ----              --- ---- ----        --- ---- ----        ---
    Ford           22.2    21.5              0.7 27.1 26.0        1.2 19.7 19.3        0.4
    ----           ----    ----              --- ---- ----        --- ---- ----        ---
    GM             21.3    20.8              0.5 25.4 24.5        0.9 18.9 18.8        0.2
    ---            ----    ----              --- ---- ----        --- ---- ----        ---
    Honda          25.3    24.2              1.1 28.6 27.7        0.9 22.4 21.0        1.4
    -----          ----    ----              --- ---- ----        --- ---- ----        ---
    Hyundai/Kia    27.1    26.3              0.7 28.7 28.2        0.5 23.2 23.1        0.1
    -----------    ----    ----              --- ---- ----        --- ---- ----        ---
    Nissan         23.7    23.3              0.4 27.0 26.2        0.8 20.0 19.9        0.2
    ------         ----    ----              --- ---- ----        --- ---- ----        ---
    Toyota         24.7    23.6              1.1 30.3 28.3        2.0 19.4 19.3        0.1
    ------         ----    ----              --- ---- ----        --- ---- ----        ---
    Volkswagen     26.5    26.1              0.4 27.6 27.6        0.1 21.9 21.3        0.6
    ----------     ----    ----              --- ---- ----        --- ---- ----        ---
    Industry       23.1    22.3              0.8 27.1 25.9        1.2 19.7 19.4        0.3
    --------       ----    ----              --- ---- ----        --- ---- ----        ---

Below is how the top eight manufacturers fared in December 2012 versus December 2011 comparing overall mpg, broken out by car and truck mpg:

                 Average MPG Average Car MPG Average Truck MPG
                 ----------- --------------- -----------------
    Manufacturer Dec-12           Dec-11      Change               Dec-12      Dec-11       Change     Dec-12      Dec-11      Change
    ------------ ------           ------      ------               ------      ------      ------      ------      ------      ------
    Chrysler                 20.0        19.7                  0.3        23.6        23.1         0.5        18.3        18.2         0.1
    --------                 ----        ----                  ---        ----        ----         ---        ----        ----         ---
    Ford                     22.4        21.8                  0.7        29.1        27.6         1.5        19.6        19.5         0.1
    ----                     ----        ----                  ---        ----        ----         ---        ----        ----         ---
    GM                       20.7        20.5                  0.2        25.6        25.4         0.3        18.6        18.6         0.0
    ---                      ----        ----                  ---        ----        ----         ---        ----        ----         ---
    Honda                    25.8        25.1                  0.7        29.7        29.2         0.5        22.3        21.8         0.4
    -----                    ----        ----                  ---        ----        ----         ---        ----        ----         ---
    Hyundai/Kia              26.9        26.8                  0.1        28.6        28.6         0.0        23.0        23.2        -0.1
    -----------              ----        ----                  ---        ----        ----         ---        ----        ----        ----
    Nissan                   24.1        23.5                  0.5        28.6        27.3         1.2        20.1        19.8         0.3
    ------                   ----        ----                  ---        ----        ----         ---        ----        ----         ---
    Toyota                   24.2        24.1                  0.1        29.9        29.8         0.2        19.3        19.3         0.0
    ------                   ----        ----                  ---        ----        ----         ---        ----        ----         ---
    Volkswagen               26.1        26.0                  0.1        27.2        27.1         0.1        22.1        21.8         0.2
    ----------               ----        ----                  ---        ----        ----         ---        ----        ----         ---
    Industry                 23.0        22.6                  0.4        27.5        27.0         0.5        19.6        19.5         0.2
    --------                 ----        ----                  ---        ----        ----         ---        ----        ----         ---

According to TrueCar.com, the TrueMPG(TM) for vehicles sold by U.S. manufacturers averaged 21.2 mpg in 2012, up from 20.7 mpg in 2011. European manufacturers increased their average fuel economy for vehicles sold from 22.1 mpg to 23.3 mpg; Japanese manufacturers increased their average fuel economy from last year at 23.7 mpg to 24.8 mpg; and South Korean manufacturers increased their average fuel economy for vehicles from 26.3 mpg to 27.1 mpg.

Below is a snapshot of a few vehicle segments and how they compare from 2012 with 2011:

                 Average Small Car TrueMPG Average Midsize Car TrueMPG Average Large Truck TrueMPG
                 ------------------------- --------------------------- ---------------------------
    Manufacturer     2012      2011  Change                            2012   2011  Change              2012 2011 Change
    ------------     ----      ----  ------                            ----   ----  ------              ---- ---- ------
    Chrysler         29.2      24.9                            4.3     24.0   24.1                 -2.7 15.8 15.6         0.2
    --------         ----      ----                            ---     ----   ----                 ---- ---- ----         ---
    Ford             32.6      31.1                            1.5     27.3   26.6                  1.8 17.4 17.2         0.2
    ----             ----      ----                            ---     ----   ----                  --- ---- ----         ---
    GM               30.3      29.3                            1.0     26.1   25.4                  0.7 17.1 17.0         0.0
    ---              ----      ----                            ---     ----   ----                  --- ---- ----         ---
    Honda            32.0      31.2                            0.8     26.6   25.6                  1.0 17.2 16.9         0.3
    -----            ----      ----                            ---     ----   ----                  --- ---- ----         ---
    Hyundai          30.6      30.3                            0.4     27.8   27.3                  0.5  N/A  N/A         N/A
    -------          ----      ----                            ---     ----   ----                  ---  ---  ---         ---
    Mazda            30.2      26.4                            3.7     24.8   24.7                  0.1  N/A  N/A         N/A
    -----            ----      ----                            ---     ----   ----                  ---  ---  ---         ---
    Mitsubishi       25.2      25.9                           -0.7     24.3   24.3                  0.0  N/A  N/A         N/A
    ----------       ----      ----                           ----     ----   ----                  ---  ---  ---         ---
    Nissan           31.2      30.5                            0.7     26.3   25.1                  1.2 14.3 14.3         0.0
    ------           ----      ----                            ---     ----   ----                  --- ---- ----         ---
    Subaru           27.7      22.2                            5.5     24.9   24.2                  0.6  N/A  N/A         N/A
    ------           ----      ----                            ---     ----   ----                  ---  ---  ---         ---
    Suzuki            N/A       N/A                            N/A     25.1   25.2                 -0.1  N/A  N/A         N/A
    ------            ---       ---                            ---     ----   ----                 ----  ---  ---         ---
    Toyota           34.8      33.3                            1.5     28.4   25.6                  2.8 15.5 15.7        -0.2
    ------           ----      ----                            ---     ----   ----                  --- ---- ----        ----
    Volkswagen       30.7      30.9                           -0.2     28.9   26.5                  2.4  N/A  N/A         N/A
    ----------       ----      ----                           ----     ----   ----                  ---  ---  ---         ---
    Industry         31.7      30.3                            1.4     26.7   25.6                  1.1 16.8 16.7         0.1
    --------         ----      ----                            ---     ----   ----                  --- ---- ----         ---

Below is a snapshot of a few vehicle segments and how they compare from December 2012 with December 2011

                 Average Small Car TrueMPG Average Midsize Car TrueMPG Average Large Truck TrueMPG
                 ------------------------- --------------------------- ---------------------------
    Manufacturer Dec-12                    Dec-11                      Change                      Dec-12      Dec-11      Change      Dec-12      Dec-11      Change
    ------------ ------                    ------                      ------                      ------      ------      ------      ------      ------      ------
    Chrysler                          31.3                        29.9                         1.4        24.0        24.0         0.0        15.8        15.8        0.0
    --------                          ----                        ----                         ---        ----        ----         ---        ----        ----        ---
    Ford                              33.6                        33.1                         0.5        30.9        28.5         2.5        17.4        17.4        0.0
    ----                              ----                        ----                         ---        ----        ----         ---        ----        ----        ---
    GM                                30.0                        30.5                        -0.5        26.1        25.8         0.3        17.0        17.0        0.0
    ---                               ----                        ----                        ----        ----        ----         ---        ----        ----        ---
    Honda                             32.0                        32.2                        -0.2        28.5        27.4         1.1        17.2        17.1        0.1
    -----                             ----                        ----                        ----        ----        ----         ---        ----        ----        ---
    Hyundai                           31.0                        30.8                         0.3        27.7        27.7         0.0         N/A         N/A        N/A
    -------                           ----                        ----                         ---        ----        ----         ---         ---         ---        ---
    Mazda                             30.9                        29.6                         1.3        24.3        24.7        -0.4         N/A         N/A        N/A
    -----                             ----                        ----                         ---        ----        ----        ----         ---         ---        ---
    Mitsubishi                        24.7                        25.0                        -0.3        24.3        24.3         0.0         N/A         N/A        N/A
    ----------                        ----                        ----                        ----        ----        ----         ---         ---         ---        ---
    Nissan                            32.6                        32.0                         0.6        28.5        26.7         1.9        14.3        14.3        0.0
    ------                            ----                        ----                         ---        ----        ----         ---        ----        ----        ---
    Subaru                            27.2                        26.5                         0.7        25.6        24.8         0.8         N/A         N/A        N/A
    ------                            ----                        ----                         ---        ----        ----         ---         ---         ---        ---
    Suzuki                             N/A                         N/A                         N/A        25.1        25.1         0.0         N/A         N/A        N/A
    ------                             ---                         ---                         ---        ----        ----         ---         ---         ---        ---
    Toyota                            35.0                        34.8                         0.2        28.2        28.0         0.2        15.5        15.6        0.0
    ------                            ----                        ----                         ---        ----        ----         ---        ----        ----        ---
    Volkswagen                        29.5                        29.8                        -0.3        29.0        28.5         0.5         N/A         N/A        N/A
    ----------                        ----                        ----                        ----        ----        ----         ---         ---         ---        ---
    Industry                          31.8                        31.6                         0.2        27.7        26.9         0.8        16.8        16.8        0.0
    --------                          ----                        ----                         ---        ----        ----         ---        ----        ----        ---

TrueMPG(TM) is an easy-to-understand and objective way to comprehend monthly fuel economy averages by brand, manufacturer, origin and vehicle segments using Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) ratings and actual monthly automotive sales-weighted data. TrueCar.com seeks to provide transparency and truth in average fuel economy, providing an alternative view to Corporate Average Fuel Economy (“CAFE”) ratings that can be confusing and misleading. TrueMPG(TM) helps keep in perspective each manufacturer’s average miles per gallon per car sold, computing it monthly and annually, using the EPA’s window sticker ratings.

TrueMPG(TM) computes monthly average fuel economy by brand, manufacturer, origin and vehicle segments by using actual sales data for the current month. Calculations start at the trim level, taking into account EPA fuel economy data including engine size and drivetrain that affect a vehicle’s MPG ratings; the sales share from each trim level is then calculated to create an average for each model. Brand level data is calculated by the sales share of each model and the manufacturer data is then based on the share of each brand, providing an accurate and completely data driven picture of actual measured MPGs in the market place. TrueCar utilizes the EPA’s average fuel economy rating using 45 percent highway and 55 percent city driving behavior.

For additional data on TrueMPG by brand, manufacturer, origin and vehicle segment, please visit the TrueCar Truth Blog. The TrueMPG data will be released in January’s TrueCar.com TrueTrends report. You can follow TrueCar on Twitter (@TrueCar) and become a fan of TrueCar on Facebook and Google+.

About TrueCar, Inc.

TrueCar, Inc., headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif., with offices in Santa Barbara, Calif., San Francisco, Calif., and Austin, Texas, is an automotive pricing information and analysis company that creates a better buying experience for dealers and consumers. As an online publisher of unbiased new and used car transaction data, TrueCar.com provides price reports that empower dealers and consumers to agree on the parameters of a fair deal by supplying a transparent, simple understanding of what others recently paid for similarly-equipped new cars in their geographic area. TrueCar also owns ALG, the benchmark for vehicle value information to the automotive industry and has been forecasting residual values for nearly 50 years in both the U.S. and Canadian markets.

TrueCar is a data-driven company that sources, compiles, and analyzes car-buying information unlike anybody in the industry. This is why, since its founding in 2005, TrueCar dealer partners have sold over 600,000 vehicles across the country. Its national network of more than 5,200 Certified Dealers is committed to provide no-hassle pricing for some of the country’s largest membership and service organizations, including American Express, AAA, USAA and Consumer Reports that collectively represent more than one million monthly in-market customers.

You can follow TrueCar on Twitter (@TrueCar) and become a fan of TrueCar on Facebook and Google+.

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