Even though the debt ceiling debate is raging in full force in Washington, D.C., there is plenty of other important work going on, including – rumors suggest – that a formal announcement is coming tomorrow that the 2025 CAFE standard for cars and trucks will be set at 54.5 miles per gallon.

The number seems to make most automakers happy. For example, John Mendel, the executive vice president of sales for American Honda, said in a statement that Honda will embrace the challenge of making cleaner cars and that the shift, "will be good for our customers and for the environment." Even better, he said, "we welcome the competition we will have with other automakers that will result from these new standards." So do we.

We should get the details tomorrow, but there might be a "one very big loophole" for SUVs and trucks, says BNET. From what we're heard, the drop to 54.5 mpg from the previously discussed targets (both 60+ mpg and 56.2) was enough to keep the automakers and California (which can always break away and write its own regulations, something very few people seem to actually want) talking to each other. Stay tuned.


[Source: Honda, BNET | Image: schindler_project - C.C. License 2.0]
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TORRANCE, Calif., July 27, 2011 -- Honda is proud to have actively worked with the Administration as they developed their proposed national fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards. Honda embraces this challenge, which will be good for our customers and for the environment, and we welcome the competition we will have with other automakers that will result from these new standards.

- John Mendel, Executive Vice President of Sales, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

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