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Feds post fuel economy standards for 2011

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has posted new fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks for the 2011 model year.

The new standards will raise the industry-wide combined average to 27.3 miles per gallon, a two mile per gallon increase over the 2010 model year average.

"The 2011 standard will use an attribute-based system, which sets fuel economy standards for individual vehicle models based on size," say National Highway Traffic Safety Administration officials.

"Work on the multi-year fuel economy plan for model years after 2011 is already well underway."

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