It appears that Americans do indeed want to have their cake and eat it too. The latest survey from the folks at Pew Research talked to the usual 1,000 Americans and the results where unsurprising. Of people who responded, 69 percent favored new fuel economy standards that would require a fleet average of 35 mpg by 2020 while only 19 percent favored the 32 mpg by 2022 standard proposed in the Hill-Terry bill. The question that remains unanswered and apparently unasked is whether people would be willing to give up all their SUVs and CUVs in order to meet that threshold? While there are cars on the market today that already meet the 35 mpg requirement, their sales remain comparatively small compared to those of much thirstier vehicles. Undoubtedly fuel prices will climb between now and the end of the next decade, but will they go high enough to encourage people to drastically change their car buying habits?
[Source: Detroit Free Press]


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