• Jan 8th 2009 at 4:52PM
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Every year, automakers that fail to meet the federally-mandated CAFE fuel efficiency standards receive fines in proportion to their gas-guzzling crimes. Last year, DaimlerChrysler set a record with a fine of $30,357,635.50, and that figure is proving tough to beat. Still, Mercedes-Benz, which made up half of the failed marriage that was DaimlerChrysler, tried its best to top itself by recording a whopping $28.9 million fine for cars produced in 2007, again taking the gold medal. Come on, guys, we know you can do better ... or worse, or whatever.
Other manufacturers that fared poorly in CAFE reporting include Volkswagen, which was hit with a $4.5 million fine (much of which was due to the Touareg light truck), Porsche and Maserati, which tied with $1.2 million fines each, and Ferrari, which had $1.1 million in CAFE fines pulled from the clutches of its purse strings.

These huge fines are exactly why automakers are worried about the impending increase in fuel economy requirements. Those companies that managed to stay under the requirements are also going to need to know as soon as possible what mileage requirements are going to be in the coming years if they have any hope of staying in the clear. It looks like that will not happen quickly.

[Source: Detroit Free Press]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Funny how most environmentalists, (of which I am one), or the media don't talk about the fact that Ford and GM have never paid CAFE penalties but many of the European companies have. But then, they are the victim of only selling upper end vehicles. Herein lies the problem with CAFE.

      But then if you look at individual models, In addition to Mercedes, any of the Euro cars use more gas than some mid-sized American SUVs, but that never gets talked about. For instance, those 2.7 L V6 Audio A6 All-Road wagons were very inefficient. The BMW X5 V8 was a total pig, not sure if it has improved of late. The X6 is a wasteful vehicle. VW's Touareg is innefficient for its size. That is not exactly being green.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Sorry for the poor writing style. Way too many "but then"'s.
      • 6 Years Ago
      In the CAFE legislation I remember there was a section on how the fines must be allocated - to fund renewable auto technologies like the 25 billion for advanced auto technologies that helped the xpcar (and that GM tried to get access to for bailout)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Huge fine? Jeremy, you really didn't think about this at all before you posted this story, did you?

      Let's do just a little bit of math to put this in perspective. Mercedes sold 225,000 cars in the US in 2008. $30,000,000 is only $133 per car. Huge? No, not huge. Minuscule in the car business.
      • 6 Years Ago
      screw this CAFE/Green stuff, I mean Global Warming's a Proven Crock of shit ( http://michaelsavage.wnd.com/?pageId=24), and besides, like Johnny said, why does the Government hvae to get involved with BS regulations, Let the buyers decide what they want, not Politricks (Gotta love the Rasta's, they got that word right).

      Trust me, While some of you are gonna hate me for my outspokeness, I really don't care. Trust me, Green is a Lie, and the whole CAFE thing is killing the competitive spirit in most of us, I mean we don't want Ugly Tin Cans, we want Speed Demons and just Mean cars, so screw the EnviorMENTAList and they're stupid facts and whatnot, lets just do what sells and make the good stuff, not the CAFE induced crap
      • 6 Years Ago
      Where are these fines going?

      Oh, I know...

      Bomb, Bomb, Bomb

      Bomb Bomb Iraq

      While we're there

      We'll bomb Iran...

      (let's ALL sing) Change?
      • 6 Years Ago
      My motor scooter battery is shot. $139.00. 1/6 the cost of my scooter after 1 1/2 years of use. Where does an old battery go after paying for disposal?
      • 6 Years Ago
      You want someone to blame at the Euro car headquarters? Blame the US marketers for those companies. All the smart GERMANS want and buy are the fuel efficient DIESEL models of those cars, which put the CAFE standards in the dark ages.

      So they've got to offload all those gas models somewhere, so why not the US market where uncivilized americans know no better about the other models available to the Euro market. Want diesel from BMW? All they'll give you is another 335, but a diesel one that gets a meager 35mpg instead of the 50 of lesser models.

      And as for the 2.7TT being inefficient, I own one of these bastards, and can easily get 30mpg out of it at 60. There's no waste there unless I unleash my right foot and sink any ford flotsam beside me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Another reason why Chrysler should not have gotten money for the bailout. All the money the CEO makes and cannot do the job properly. What a disgrace!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Doesn't anyone realize who pays these fines. It's you and I the consumer. The auto makers don't care, they just pass on the costs. Does everyone believe this is the answer ?
      • 6 Years Ago
      If the world ever turns to hydrogen fuel, the tanks and fuel lines better be bullet proof. Remember the Hindenberg? Ka-boom!!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oooops, wrong place, my post was intended for the other article on the volt-mule testing.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Makes no difference, it makes just as much sense here as it would there, that is, no sense at all.
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