Some familiar and not-so-familiar graphs:
Gas prices ticked up a couple cents in recent days, but January 2015 average was still 35% below January 2014 average.
Despite light trucks, sport utilities, and crossovers accounting for 54% of January new vehicle sales, average sales-weighted fuel economy rose to 25.4 mpg.
Combine graphs 1 & 2 and you find the cost to drive a new vehicle 1,000 miles the lowest since December 2008.
With gold prices recovering from November low, the number of gallons that an ounce of gold will buy jumped to 583 gallons in January.
Combine graphs 3 & 4 and you find the amount of gold to drive a new vehicle 1,000 miles hits a low of .067 ounces.
P.S. there's a reason to express gas prices in gold. More on that later ......