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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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RE: I see SUVs selling very well
By Flunk on 7/15/2011 3:06:47 PM , Rating: 3
All Crossovers are worthless for towing. A crossover is a car shaped like a truck. As a result they're basically big heavy cars, which are lousy for towing.

My point here is that they're not for real work or towing. They're for hauling families and their associated junk around.

Also, you're idea that people always buy the biggest gas-guzzeliest thing they can afford is a crass generalization. A lot of people enjoy driving smaller vehicles.


RE: I see SUVs selling very well
By Keeir on 7/15/2011 7:26:48 PM , Rating: 2
People like to buy the best they can afford.

Even with "small" cars, people often spring for things like V6 engines or turbos, that make those small cars not much more efficient.

For example, people buy many more V6 Fusions and MKZs than Hybrid models.... even though over 50,000 miles, the V6s already cost more and over 100,000+ cost A LOT more.

Consider that even at its peak, Hybrid + Diesel + Electric accounted for no more than 3.5% of the entire car market. A market where the average transaction price is ~30,000+.

This is Fit's point. Not that people buy the largest car or the gas guzzliest car. People buy the best they can afford... which is usually not the same as the most efficient.


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