In response to some automakers – in particular, the Detroit Three – crying foul over the Obama Administration's proposed CAFE target of 56.2 miles per gallon by 2025, the powers that be will reportedly ease standards for the fuel economy of future trucks and SUVs, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The WSJ reports that as part of an effort to break the stalemate between government regulators and automakers, the White House is considering a proposal that will allow for the fuel economy ratings of full-size trucks and SUVs to improve at a slower pace than what will be required for passenger cars. Details are sparse, but word is that small trucks, compact SUVs and crossover vehicles will still be required to meet the 56.2-mpg target at some point, but even that seems open for debate. The report further claims that several proposals are in the works, with one calling for the fuel economy of small trucks and SUVs to advance at a rate of 3.5 percent per year, well below the five percent requirement for cars.

Government regulators hope to finalize a proposal by early next week and issue formalized rules by September.

[Source: Automotive News – sub. req. | Image: Beige Alert – C.C. License 2.0]

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