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Advocates for Current CAFE Rules Speaking Up

Groups supporting rules range from automakers to environmentalists.

by on Oct.06, 2017

Chris Grundler, EPA director of air quality, is now in favor of easing CAFE rules to improve the working relationship with automakers.

With an eye on the environment, consumer pocket books and the United States’ reputation for innovation, several groups lined up to support the fuel-economy standards now in place and resist the Trump administration’s efforts to revise them.

Savings from lower gas spending along with lower cost estimates for fuel efficiency technologies require the Environmental Protection Agency to determine that its greenhouse gas standards for model years 2021–25 remain appropriate, according to comments submitted by Consumers Union, the policy and mobilization division of Consumer Reports, as the Environmental Protection Agency closed out the comment period

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The dispute over the fuel-economy standards comes as major car makers, including General Motors, Ford, Toyota and Hyundai, are all pledging to increase dramatically the number of electric and hybrid vehicles on the road by 2025. (more…)

Auto CEOs Ask Trump for a CAFE Break

Top execs send letter to Trump pushing for easing fuel economy rules.

by on Feb.13, 2017

President Donald Trump, center, met with the CEOs of Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler to discuss jobs.

Change can come quickly with a new Presidential administration. At least that’s what Ford, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Volkswagen, Toyota, Honda, Hyundai and others are banking on when it comes fuel economy rules.

The group of makers all signed their corporate names to a letter asking President Donald Trump to revise tougher fuel efficiency standards coming in 2025, according to Reuters. The tougher standards may not be achievable and could cost thousands of jobs, the makers warn.

Government News!

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in early January finalized fuel efficiency rules instituted by then-President Barack Obama should be locked in through 2025. (more…)

Ford Wants “Robust” Review of Fuel Economy Rules

Cheap fuel causing shift in consumer demand, warns Ford CEO Fields.

by on Dec.11, 2014

Ford CEO Fields is looking forward to a "robust" debate over the 54.5 mpg CAFE standard.

With gas prices plunging to a national average of barely $2.60 a gallon, there’s been a an equally sharp shift in the U.S. new car market, with dealers struggling to keep up with demand for pickups, SUVs and muscle cars.

Small cars, as well as battery-electric vehicles and other high-mileage models, have been piling up on showroom lots, however, and that’s worrying automakers who fear the shift will make it difficult to meet the tough new Corporate Average Fuel Economy standard set to take effect in 2025. And Ford Motor Co., for one may seek to have the CAFE mandate rolled back or revised, the maker’s CEO said Thursday.

Fuel for Thought!

While insisting the company is “dedicated to meeting” the 54.5 mile per gallon target, Fields said he is also looking forward to 2017 when the feasibility of the standard will come up during a meeting between industry officials and federal regulators.


Opinion: Get ‘em While They Last

Could the 54.5-mpg fuel economy standard spell the end of the lusty American V-8 muscle car?

by on Sep.26, 2012

Is it possible the great American V-8 muscle car is entering its final act? For 2013, Ford increased the horsepower from 412 to 420. Other changes include a pair of heat extractor vents in the hood.

Sitting at a traffic light, we wait for the light to turn green, a Ford Focus driver sits nonchalantly in the next lane. When the light turns, we dump the clutch, floor the throttle … and hang on, tires squealing, head slammed against the leather Recaro bucket seat. The Focus disappears in the rearview mirror.

Has it even started moving yet?

There’s nothing quite like the sound and fury of an American V-8 at full brew.

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When historians look back on the story of cars some distant day in the future, they may well look at the mid 20-teens as the zenith of the muscle car. Forget the ’60s when most people thought the muscle cars were fast. Today’s fast cars are simply more powerful and better designed. They’re lighter and modern developments affecting everything from tires to electronic features make them easier to drive and put the power where it can do the most good – on the pavement. They’re even more fuel efficient.

And they’re still dirt cheap. For a little more than $31,000, you can walk into any Ford dealer and walk out with a 420-horsepower Mustang similar to this one that is simply scary fast. The story is similar at the local Dodge or Chevy dealer where salesmen will be happy to show you their similarly powerful Pony Car entries, the Challenger and Camaro.

And they could be some of the last of their kind ever to spin their tires.