EPA fuel economy sets a record, but just barely

The EPA fuel economy of new U.S. cars and trucks hit a record average 24.7 mpg, but some automakers had to buy credits to meet federal requirements.

WASHINGTON/DETROIT — The fuel economy of new U.S. cars and trucks hit a record 24.7 miles per gallon in the 2016 model year, a government report said, even as some automakers had to buy credits to meet federal requirements.Fuel economy rose by just 0.1 mile per gallon in 2016 and was projected in the 2017 model year to hit another record of 25.2 mpg, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said in a report.Regulators have been considering whether to revise fuel efficiency requirements. Last ...