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2012 Model Year Greenhouse Gas Emission Report

This 56-page analysis, which was issued in mid-April 2014 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, details reduced greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks in the 2012 model year.

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This 56-page analysis, which was issued in mid-April 2014 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, details reduced greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks in the 2012 model year.

The agency intends to report annually on the industry's progress in reaching future emission standards. The 2012 model year is the first in the 14-year process.

EPA says the industry improved the average fuel economy of its new-vehicle fleet by 1.2 mpg in 2012, the second-largest gain in 30 years. The industrywide average that year was 286 grams per mile compared with 296 grams in the 2011 model year.

The analysis notes that nine of the 20 carmakers it tracked met their goal by using credits transferred between their own fleets, among each other and from such technologies as flex fuel.

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