In the last couple of weeks, Toyota has gotten most of the attention when it comes to fuel economy proposals in Congress, but other car-makers are having their say, too. Like pretty much every other major manufacturer, Chrysler is coming out in support of the House of Representatives' Hill-Terry bill. Chrysler's main beef with the Senate proposal to raise the standard to 35 mpg is the fact that the current distinction between standards for cars and trucks would be eliminated under the senate bill.

Given that there are actually a lot of legitimate needs for trucks, Chrysler feels this change would be impractical. The Hill-Terry bill keeps separate standards and also pushes out the time-line. The Hill-Terry bill also has flexibility in what the thresholds would be. This latter difference is what concerns supporters of higher CAFE standards because they feel it will ultimately get watered if it is passed. If Congress would do something to insure a minimum price for oil so that demand for more efficient vehicles would be maintained and enhanced, then all of these arguments over how high to raise the standard would be moot.

[Source: Chrysler]


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