Deal expected on new fuel economy regulations
The regulations would be modified to set different targets for trucks and cars which would give a big break to Chrysler where seventy percent of their sales are light trucks. If they go ahead with this, they should also clarify what counts as a truck vs. a car. One of the reasons why seventy percent of Chrysler's sales are trucks is because the current rules allow them to classify vehicles like the PT Cruiser as a truck rather than a car.
Clearly the PT is not a truck and this loophole needs to be corrected. All the carmakers abuse this rule to some degree, but Chrysler is by far the worst in this regard. A committee vote on the bill is expected next Tuesday.
[Source: Detroit News]
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