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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 AssBall on 7/15/2011 3:09:54 PM , Rating: 2
My first new vehicle is a truck, and my next vehicle will also be a truck. When I can't buy a Ram, Tundra, F150, or Seirra anymore in this country I'm moving to Canada or Australia.


RE: I see SUVs selling very well
By Flunk on 7/15/2011 3:19:34 PM , Rating: 1
Thanks for being such a stereotype.


RE: I see SUVs selling very well
By Camikazi on 7/15/2011 4:24:42 PM , Rating: 2
You realize you don't know what they do for work right? Maybe they need a truck for work, like towing, or moving heavy items or things like that? You are too quick to think that everyone who owns a truck has one just because and not cause they need one for what they do for a living.


RE: I see SUVs selling very well
By gixser on 7/15/2011 3:34:18 PM , Rating: 2
As an Australian, what makes you think we will take you?

quote:
I'm moving to Canada or Australia.


RE: I see SUVs selling very well
By AssBall on 7/16/2011 12:11:59 AM , Rating: 2
My skills and willingness to contribute to an effective economy do.


RE: I see SUVs selling very well
By croc on 7/18/2011 3:47:48 AM , Rating: 2
"My first new vehicle is a truck, and my next vehicle will also be a truck. When I can't buy a Ram, Tundra, F150, or Seirra anymore in this country I'm moving to Canada or Australia."

Can't talk to Canada, but you'd be hard pressed to find any of the vehicles mentioned down here in Aus... I do know a person with an F350, cost him quite a bit more that 100K to get it here, certified, modified, etc., and it costs him well over $250 / week in fuel costs... $1.27 to $1.65 per litre, depending on grade...


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