• Oct 22, 2010
The National Automobile Dealers Association has joined the ranks of those opposed to upping Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards to 60 mpg by 2025. The dealer group says that with fuel prices still low, consumers are more interested in horsepower and style than they are super-efficient vehicles. That means that if the federal government starts mandating ever more efficient vehicles that are significantly costlier to manufacture, dealers are likely to see sales falter as automakers have to elevate MSRPs to keep from losing their shirts. That's the fear of NADA chairman Ed Tonkin and his constituents. Tonkin should know – he himself owns a mutli-brand dealership in Portland.
Of course, Tonkin's argument hinges against further upping CAFE numbers hinges upon fuel prices staying at their current levels -- something that even the most optimistic minds are hesitant to believe. The federal government is expected to unveil its plan for increasing fuel economy standards early next year. So far, word has it that the Obama Administration is looking to impose an average of 35 mpg by 2016 and as much as 60 mpg by 2025.

[Source: The Detroit News | Image: NADA]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Not everyone wants to own an econobox death trap. There was an article just a couple days ago that talked about insurance company write-offs and bodily injury. Almost all the failures were pos econoboxs.

      If you want to save gas, end the tax break loop holes on large SUV's with certain a GVW. Those laws were passed for heavy duty trucks to do work, not business owner's Escalades. Post higher taxes for general fuel consumption and allow business usage to be exempt to most of it so that the cost of doing business and shipping goods does not go up. Use the tax money collected on the fuel taxes exclusively for transportation infrastructure, smarter traffic lights (saves gas), technological development, and anything else that would help shed our addiction.

      I'm simply saying that I think we can strive to get better fuel economy, but let the market ultimately decide, and don't destroy our business/economy in the process.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Toyota Yaris - Fail
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcTf78b8WfY

        Honda Fit - Fail
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLfK35O91gE&feature=related

        Smart Car - Fail
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=he6TL15pJtw&feature=related

        Nissan Versa - Fail
        2 STAR RATING under new NHTSA guidelines

        Kia Rio/Hyundai Accent - Fail
        4 Star Frontal Rating and 3 Star Side Impact Ration under current weak NHTSA guidelines

        I could provide more data for more cars, but I think you can get the point now. Only the Fiesta is a step above and it will still bounce like a ping pong ball off the grill of any SUV or truck.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If we get more mall-yachts off the road, driving a small car would be less of an issue.

        2500lbs colliding with 2500lbs instead of 4000-6000lbs makes of a hell of a lot less dead bodies at the end of the day.

        Ever consider what's happening to the person you're colliding with? most people don't. So cars keep getting taller, wider, longer, heavier.. and so on.
      ahealey56
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have been experiencing a loss of both power and gas milage which is apparently due to the use of ethenol in gas. Has it occured to any of the idiots in government that this mandate is probably wasting more fuel than it's saving and, as an added benefit, driving up the cost of almost all food products we purchase.
      The average miles per gallon on both of our cars has dropped almost 10% and as an added benefit I have lost about 30% of my car's power.

      If all of the brains in Washington were surgically implanted in a single gnat it would fly backwards and upside down.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You are so wrong. I want all of my cars to be EVs.

      I all but had a savings account ready for the Dodge Circuit. (RIP)

      Wife and I just bought a Grand Caravan, but i would have sprung for the EV minivan too!!! (RIP)

      Damn Chrysler and their financial problems. Bring back the 5MPG SRT10!!!

      • 4 Years Ago
      as someone from portland seeing any Tonkin w/o cocaine up his nose is an accomplishment. congrats Ed on staying clean for at least one interview!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Haha, look at that guy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A lot can happen between now and then.
      • 4 Years Ago
      We could way more than 60mpg if they would release the alien tech they are hiding in Area 51 and S-4. But for now people will have to just pay an arm and a leg for overpriced hybrids and never recoup the money they would have saved buying a small 4cyl.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Impossible to predict what will happen 15 years from now in the car world. Its possible gas will explode in price causing people to demand efficient cars. Its also possible gas prices wont change much and people will hang onto their older vehicles forever.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Aren't these the same guys that commissioned studies in the 60's that tried to show it was safer to be thrown from your car than to wear a seat belt. Anything to protect the bottom line. And who says it will be significantly more expensive to manufacture more efficient cars. Maybe try building cars that don't weigh as much as an airplane (cough...Camaro...3,900 lbs) - it's called engineering.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So basically this about money. Not about unrealistic or impracticability of applying stricter fuel economy, Not about fuel discrimination or pushing the tree-hugger agenda. No....it's all about money.

      Tonkin is not liking the cost of fuel efficiency being pushed on the dealerships. Well too freakin bad because somebody has to take a risk. If Tonkin can't sell an expensive fuel efficient car, perhaps he need's get out the business.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Personally, there's a part of me that thinks the best way to keep fuel prices low is to maintain this threat of increasing fuel economy standards, if you get my drift. Once that threat goes away, I think fuel prices will "naturally" rise.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Someone needs to tell that Photoshop retoucher his work makes Tonkin look like a cheap painting. I have seen this effect on the cover of Good Housekeeping of Paula Dean.
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