Automakers are officially choosing sides on the new proposed Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards, and while nearly every company has come out with statements of support, Volkswagen has chosen to head the camp opposed to the plan. The German company has released an official statement on President Barack Obama's 54.5 mpg corporate average by 2025, saying that VW doesn't endorse the move. Why? Apparently the people's automaker feels that the regulations unfairly target passenger cars while giving large trucks special treatment.
According to VW, passenger vehicles face a five percent annual increase in fuel economy, while light trucks merely have to attain 3.5 percent annual increases. While it's true that Volkswagen doesn't produce anything that could compete with the Ford F-150, the company's stable is stocked with a few vehicles that will fall under the light truck designation, including the Routan minivan and Touareg SUV. Additionally, Volkswagen says that the proposal pushes automakers to manufacture more large and inefficient models.

Volkswagen finds itself in thin company when it comes to its stance. So far, nearly every other automaker has come out in support of the move, including Ford, Chrysler, General Motors, Hyundai and Toyota among others. Hit the jump for VW's official statement.
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Statement by Tony Cervone, Executive Vice President, Communications, Volkswagen Group of America Regarding Proposed CAFE Standards

The Volkswagen Group is a global leader in fuel efficiency and associated technologies, and we are committed to the ongoing negotiations with the White House on reaching maximum achievable fuel economy/GHG reduction standards.

Volkswagen does not endorse the proposal under discussion. It places an unfairly high burden on passenger cars, while allowing special compliance flexibility for heavier light trucks. Passenger cars would be required to achieve 5% annual improvements, and light trucks 3.5% annual improvements. The largest trucks carry almost no burden for the 2017-2020 timeframe, and are granted numerous ways to mathematically meet targets in the outlying years without significant real-world gains.

The proposal encourages manufacturers and customers to shift toward larger, less efficient vehicles, defeating the goal of reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

Volkswagen Group clean diesel products are among the most fuel efficient vehicles on the road today. Our new mid-size Passat TDI, built here in the US in Chattanooga, TN, achieves 43 mpg highway and can travel almost 800 miles on a single tank of fuel. If one-third of the vehicles on the road today were clean diesel, the US would save 1.4 million barrels of oil a day. Yet there is no consideration in the current proposal for the positive impact clean diesels can have on fuel consumption here in the US.

We look forward to continuing our discussions with the White House to achieve the "one nation standard" that is fair and equitable.


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      Hal Jordan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Two different standards? Did I read that right? Sweet! Let's have more! One for compacts, one for motorcycles, one for mid size sedans, one for light trucks, one for vans, etc, etc, etc. Full disclosure. I admit I hate trucks. The vast, vast, vast, majority of them that I see are running around with one dude driving and zero cargo. I think most of us could get by renting one on the two occasions per year that it's needed. You can get one from Home Depot for cheap on an hourly basis. I have a light trailer that can do 99% of what the average person would use a truck for. I would never want to deprive anyone from owning one, but I am happy that it's so damn expensive when they go to the pump. It's revenge for when they park next to me and I can't open my door because they are too big for the parking space ... or the careless and stupid owner parked it cock-eyed in a compact space.
      fly by wireless
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is rare, but I'm with The Germans (well these Germans anyway) on this one. The rules are lax for large vehicles to help the top-heavy domestics.
      Michael
      • 3 Years Ago
      dont worry about cafe standards. with gas at nearly four dollars a gallon only a crazy person would go and buy a gas hog getting around 18 mpg combined.
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        caddy-v
        • 3 Years Ago
        You've said some dumb things on AB, this one rates in your top 5.
        Basil Exposition
        • 3 Years Ago
        "No one needs a F 150 sized or greater truck." You sir are a clueless moron.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Basil Exposition
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        Quen47
        • 3 Years Ago
        I disagree with the assertion that nobody needs an F-150. PLENTY of people need an F-150, such as my uncle who is a contractor. However, I do agree with VW that the CAFE standards are bunk. Its a cowardly attempt by the government to shift the burden away from what might actually work by changing people's driving habits (such as a gas tax) and instead force automakers to build cars that nobody will want to buy.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Quen47
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          miles
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Quen47
          Veyron1001, I know lots of folks that don't use these trucks for work, yet they still need them. Anyone with a boat or camper, for example. And no, a 30ft 5th-wheel can't be pulled with a Rav4. Worry less about what's in people's pants...besides, I figured those guys are the ones that drive Veyrons. :P
        Wolf
        • 3 Years Ago
        No one needs a F150 sized or greater truck? Really? I respectfully disagree. I can fit a great number of things in my Fit but there are times where my full sized truck is the right tool for the job. I find it funny that a person with the name "veyron" is telling people what they do and don't need. Nobody needs 1001 hp either, but I'd not stop them from having a vehicle so equiped.
          Justin Campanale
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Wolf
          Honestly, we Americans could do with a lot less. The American market trucks of the 80s are midsized by today's standards. Yet you see many people every day using their 1984 Chevrolet C100 to do everything a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado can do. If our manufacturers actually put some effort into making their trucks better, we can probably downsize our fulsize trucks into 1980's size without reducing capability significantly and while improving mileage. And this also explains why we "murcans need more compact pickups in our market like the Amarok and Mahindra.
        Paul P.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I don't know, last time I tried moving two pallets of fertilizer with my car it didn't work to well. Taking the truck made things much easier.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Paul P.
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        Mike K
        • 3 Years Ago
        You're right. My uncle doesnt need his F-350 to tow his 12,000lb horse trailer, my company doesn't need F350's to tow 15,000lb+ construction and excavation equipment. Nah. we'll be fine without it. Another uninformed ignorant post by Veyron1001.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mike K
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      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nobody is amazed that automakers can suddenly meet these standards in so few years. A. They always could build a car that got these numbers and didn't and B. They are going go make a nice profit under the guise of saving the planet. News flash! Global warming caused by man is BS!!! CERN has proven it. The sun is causing the warming, not man. And, CO2 may actually be beneficial! These are facts and have been suppressed to further this NWO agenda. That's the real story and you all missed it!
        rocketmoose
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        Of course the Sun is contributing to global warming, because surprisingly enough, the Sun is hot. If it wasn't, we'd have never came back from the last ice age, nor would there be any life on this planet. However, there is no doubt that pumping more CO2 (a greenhouse gas) into the atmosphere increases global warming due to the greenhouse effect. CO2 traps heat. The source of this heat is the Sun. Please, go back to school.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Justin Campanale
        • 3 Years Ago
        My A3 TDI acutally bests the Prius in highway driving... i regularly get around 0 mpg. For city driving I get around 37-38.
          John G
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Justin Campanale
          Thats pretty damn good. The Audi site claims only 30 MPG for city driving. I'll probably never switch back from a diesel, my 7 year old A3 gets 49.9 MPG combined.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Justin Campanale
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          Quen47
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Justin Campanale
          No, what sucks is getting the same mileage in a Prius, only.... you're driving a Prius
          Justin Campanale
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Justin Campanale
          50 mpg
      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey VW! No one needs an unreliable piece of craptastic either, but you keep producing them so buzz off
        Justin Campanale
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tenspeeder
        VWfailsagain, is that you?
        rocketmoose
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tenspeeder
        Apparently they do. The Golf, for example, is the world's third-best selling car.
          Georg
          • 3 Years Ago
          @rocketmoose
          it is the second best selling car.. only toped by the Corolla... VW is the only manufactor in the world with three cars in the top10 of best selling cars of all time.. Golf Beetle and Passat
      michael
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yeah, nobody needs a pickup, except contractors, farmers, landscapers, anyone who has to haul something dirty or bulky. Those people can all go to hell.
        Mike K
        • 3 Years Ago
        @michael
        Those people make your daily life possible, twirp.
      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd have to agree with VW and say that the CAFE regulations are pretty damn flawed. The CAFE standards make it so that automakers can continue offering thirsty trucks and SUV's, while making cars that nobody really wants. And quite a portion of those "light trucks" from the Oddyssey to the Durango to the Ram are being used as family haulers. So you would think that the perfect solution for this dilemna would be station wagons, which are more enviro-friendly than SUVs/CUVs. If manufacturers actually wanted to make their lineups more eco-concious, they'd replace their CUV's with station wagons. But no! There is a loophole in CAFE which classifies CUV's as light trucks, and classifies station wagons as cars. Therefore, automakers get penalized if they replace their crossovers with staion wagons, when the wagons are actually much more fuel efficient. Ex. Chevy Traverse gets 16/24, but is biased towards by the regulations, while a Buick Lacrosse wagon would get maybe 28 mpg, but would actually bring down GM's average fuel economy. If the goverment and the automakers are really concerned about diminishing fuel resources, they'd list station wagons as light trucks.
        VJGoh
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        Thanks for this. It was a bit unclear until I read your comment. Of course, VW should take the easy way out: offer 3 different kinds of diesel engine and only one kind of petrol engine, the exact opposite of what they're doing right now. Their diesel tech really is fantastic (especially in NA where we do all this highway driving; low RPM diesels aren't just good on fuel, they're QUIET on the highway) and they could finally just walk away with the fuel efficient vehicle segment. But they're still convinced that North Americans won't buy diesels. Alas.
        brian
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        "If the goverment and the automakers are really concerned about diminishing fuel resources, they'd list station wagons as light trucks." No, if the Gov't and Automakers were really concerned about diminishing fuel resources, they'd consider any vehicle with more than 2 seats, but less than 15 seats a "Passenger Vehicle" and hold them to the same standard. You wanna drive a truck/SUV that can haul a 15,000 lb horse trailer while seating 6? Nothing stopping you from buying that vehicle, but you're going to pay more in gas guzzler taxes.
          Susan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @brian
          You are right, all vehicles (other than true cargo haulers, commercial buses, etc.) should be held to the same standards. If cars need to meet 5 percent increase annually, SUVs should, also. In fact, it should be easier with them than with cars, which are already pretty efficient. This sounds like another form of different standards for favored clients. Our tax code is full of these special deals for special groups, which is the main reason that many companies spend more effort on gaming the system than they spend on genuine R&D on their products.
      Afi Keita James
      • 3 Years Ago
      About time Volkswagon blasted this unconstitutional piece of crap.
        MKIV
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Afi Keita James
        Unconstitutional? Really? Everything is about the Constitution with you wing nuts. If Hyundai is not bitching about it, I see no reason why VW is all bunched up in a knot.
          rocketmoose
          • 3 Years Ago
          @MKIV
          Just dropping by here to point out that stclair's second comment on this reply level is the most stupid thing I've all week.
          4 String
          • 3 Years Ago
          @MKIV
          Why is it that the best comeback for any teabagger is the same old uncreative "kool aid" bullsh*t? Come back when you've learned something new, k?
          Hazdaz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @MKIV
          These teabaggers are just pissed that these types of actions actually push this country forward, and might *GOSH* reduce our oil consumptions. Conversely they just want to plunge the economy, and the country as a whole, back into the mess that they themselves created.
          stclair5211
          • 3 Years Ago
          @MKIV
          Just because hyundai is not bitching that means it's ok and constitutional? Wow. Whose the wing nut???
          stclair5211
          • 3 Years Ago
          @MKIV
          Hazdaz has been smoking some of what pelosi is on. Keep drinking the Kool-aid. When this country collapses like Greece, don't bitch. It happened in the housing market. Lefties bitched minorities weren't getting houses so they forced banks to lend saying Fannie and Freddie would guarantee the loans. Then the housing crisis happened. Now those same people refuse to accept responsibility! When you create a problem at least own it when it doesn't work out instead of wanting it both ways!
      Valentin Suhr
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder if Americans still can afford cars in 2025... global warming-hoax go to hell!
        Susan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Valentin Suhr
        Afford cars in 2025: certainly some form of cars, but we don't know exactly what. Global warming: definitely happening now. Take your reactionary blinders off and look at the evidence all over the world.
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