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7/1/2011 - New labeling system coming to vehicles

New cars will soon have clearer fuel economy numbers posted.

As more fuel-efficient vehicles roll off manufacturers' production lines and on to showroom floors, new stickers will be affixed to the models' windshields.

Hoping to increase car shoppers' awareness of just how much they'll save by purchasing gas-sipping vehicles, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency have recently unveiled new fuel economy labels.

The DOT says the labels will give car shoppers a better idea of estimated fuel costs, savings at the pump and how environmentally friendly it is.

Lisa Jackson, administrator for the EPA, said the labels will give shoppers the information they need to make an informed decision about their next purchase.

"The new labels provide comprehensive information to American car buyers, helping them make a choice that will save money at the gas pump and prevent pollution in the air we breathe," said Jackson.

All new passenger vehicles - including electric cars - will be required to have these labels by 2013.

Recent crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety indicate electric cars, like the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf, performed well in safety tests. Policyholders may want to inquire about whether auto insurance companies provide discounts to these and other energy-efficient models. 

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