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Growing Popularity of Trucks Dents Fuel-Economy Gains, US Finds

Ford pickup trucks on a sales lot in Miami, Florida. 

Ford pickup trucks on a sales lot in Miami, Florida. 

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The rising popularity of large trucks and sport utility vehicles is slowing the auto industry’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the US government found.

After reaching a record high in 2020, fuel economy for vehicles from the last model year was unchanged, according to a report released Monday from the Environmental Protection Agency. Carbon dioxide emissions decreased slightly in 2021, the study found.