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Concession would make fuel economy standards easier for large trucks  (Source: Dodge)
Concession would reduce the yearly increase rate for new standards for large trucks and SUVs to 3.5% per year

The Obama administration wants to significantly increase the CAFE standards that govern fleet wide fuel economy for automakers. The problem is that there is a huge amount of backlash from those in the automotive industry. The backlash is so far keeping the Obama administration and automakers from coming to an agreement on proposed fuel economy standards moving into the future.

The Obama administration has put a concession forward in an effort to woo the Big 3 automakers to agree to the economy standards. The concession would see the makers of big trucks and SUVs forced to move to the higher fuel economy standards at a much slower rate than makers of cars and light SUVs. Hopes are high that the agreement between the Obama administration and the Big 3 will be made by early next week. 

Washington wants the CAFE requirements to be set at 56 mpg by 2025. The concession would allow the Big 3 to adopt the CAFE standards for the larger, gas guzzling vehicles, at a rate of 3.5% per year rather than the 5% annual improvement rate that the Obama administration wants for light trucks, cars, and light SUVs.

CAFE standards are currently targeting 35.5 mpg fleet wide by 2016 and that number will grow to 56 mpg by 2025 under the proposed regulations. The final rules are hoped to be ready by September.

However, automakers outside the Big 3 are not happy at all about the proposed concession. Carmakers that do not produce large SUVs and trucks see the concessions as giving the Big 3 an unfair advantage. The companies feel that the concession would encourage consumers to buy less efficient vehicles. 

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Older auto's
By AMDftw on 7/15/2011 2:52:46 PM , Rating: 2
All they are doing is keeping older autos on the road.

"Americans may benefit from some of the lowest new car prices in the world but the average motorist in the U.S. is keeping their cars for longer a new study has found. According to the results the median age of cars on U.S. roads was 9.2 years in 2007, a new record, and a substantial 41.3% of call vehicles were 11 years or older compared to just 40.9% the year before."

Myself, will keep my '96 Chevy 350 til I can't fix it any more. I have replaced the transmission and rebuilt the engine 25k miles ago. She still can pull my '90 Nissan 240sx back and forth from the track. I may only get 17mpg but its still not worth for me to buy a new truck that only get 18-21mpg. Even if they raise the mpg I still will keep my truck. My father, make's close to $130k a yr and still drives a 99 Chevy. Only my mother has a new car. (for reliably reasons)

The point is some people can afford to buy a new car and some can't. Its the choice someone has to make. I would like to buy a new-ish car but the economy is so shaky I'm not taking the chance just yet. I will be waiting for the grandfather yr so my Nissan can be allowed on the road. plus it only get 15-24 mpg. Just depends on how I drive it. O-wait i still drive it on the road. :)

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