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  (Source: carinsurance.org)
The discussion aims to map out the future of advanced autos that will abide by the new fuel efficiency standards

Only weeks before the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is expected to complete the new fuel efficiency standards, the White House will hold a three-hour forum this Wednesday on the future of advanced vehicles.

The White House Council on Environmental Quality will host a forum on Wednesday called "Advanced Vehicles, Driving Growth." The discussion aims to map out the future of advanced autos that will abide by the new fuel efficiency standards.

"The Obama administration is bringing together diverse auto-sector stakeholders at a White House event to celebrate success stories in the remarkable resurgence of the auto industry and spotlight leaders who represent President Obama's vision of out-innovating and out-manufacturing the rest of the world," said Taryn Tuss, White House CEQ spokeswoman.

"In partnership with auto manufacturers, the United Auto Workers, states and environmental stakeholders, the Administration has developed historic fuel efficiency standards that will nearly double the fuel efficiency of cars and light duty trucks by 2025, save consumers $1.7 trillion at the pump, and encourage innovation and investment in technologies that increase our economic competitiveness and reduce our dependence on foreign oil."

The forum aims to continue taking suggestions for rule changes, mainly from foreign automakers from countries like Germany who feel the rules have been biased toward U.S. automakers.

Last year, major automakers, the state of California, and the White House agreed on the new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) proposal for 2017-2025 that would boost fleet wide fuel economy to 54.5 mpg by 2025. The effort aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lessen the country's dependency on foreign oil.

The new fuel efficiency standards for 2017-2025 will cost the auto industry $157.3 billion and add an extra $2,000 to the sticker price of new autos, but it will save consumers $1.7 trillion at the gas pump.

The NHTSA will finalize the fuel efficiency standards by the end of July 2012.

Source: The Detroit News



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By lagomorpha on 6/26/2012 12:01:09 PM , Rating: 2
Easier said than done. My own mother actually still claims to be allergic to diesel exhaust, though when she was in Europe a few years back she didn't even seem to notice that most of the cars she rode in were diesels.

If you want to start seeing a change to diesel in America the place to start is cutting the diesels from 3/4 ton trucks down to fit in 1/2 ton trucks. Not only will you see a larger difference in fuel use per vehicle, those trucks also tend to stay on the road a longer number of years and truck people love torque ratings.


By chucky2 on 6/26/2012 6:11:15 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sure the older folks that remember them would take lots more advertising and sales pressure to consider one. The other 2/3's of the market doesn't even know about GM having a diesel back then. Put it on the lots, it will sell like hotcakes. As VW has found out...


By lagomorpha on 6/27/2012 4:37:35 AM , Rating: 2
In VW's case it helped that they were the only company offering a small diesel car in the US.


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