WASHINGTON, D.C. --- In a report released this week, the Environmental Protection Agency concluded that new vehicles in the U.S. are the fastest and heaviest they've been in the past 30 years and their fuel efficiency -- about 21 miles per gallon -- isn't any better than vehicles manufactured in 1994. With the average vehicle weighing in at a record 4,142 pounds (11 percent more than in 1997), fuel-saving technology advances failed to bolster overall fuel economy. "We've been in the same ballpark since the late 1990s," EPA spokesman John Millett told Bloomberg News. Among major auto manufacturers, Honda Motor Co. had the highest fuel efficiency scores for 2006 models. Honda cars and trucks averaged 24.2 mpg.

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