Automakers may have given in to the 800-pound gorilla that is the US government when it comes to more stringent fuel-economy standards. But the Mexican government? That's a smaller monkey that the companies are apparently more than willing to battle.

Ford and Chrysler have joined Toyota in opposition to Mexico's fuel-economy standards that Mexican officials say would simply be increased so they are consistent with the increasingly stringent mandates throughout the rest of North America, Automotive News reports.

When it comes to selling cars south of the border, US automakers point out the lack of incentives for hybrid and alternative-fuel vehicle production and say there needs to be consideration for factors such as Mexico's higher altitude and more challenging road conditions. The companies are asking for more lead time and more flexibility than what's being proposed.

The International Council on Clean Transportation's Kate Blumberg argues that the companies have been aware of Mexico's intentions for more than two years and therefore can't say they don't have enough lead time to meet the mandate, Automotive News reports.

Late last month, Toyota got a court injunction against Nom-163, which would require Mexico's fleetwide fuel economy to reach 35 miles per gallon by 2016. Officials in Mexico, where auto sales are just a fraction of the US's, say the new standards would cut fuel use by 18 billion gallons by 2030.


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      RC
      • 2 Years Ago
      So Mexico and its people are NOT good enough for Automakers? This is a shameful move and I hope Mexican's see it for what it is: complete disregard for them as a Nation.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RC
        The regulatory environment of a country will determine whether something will be sold ( or made ) there or not. It has nothing to do with the people and everything to do with what the government decides is "best" for the people. That's why everything is made in China ( enviro / labor laws ) . That's why we don't sell many gas cars to Europe ( gas tax ). That's why many foreign automakers don't sell to us.( left hand drive + emissions rules + safety regs specific to our country )
        Marcopolo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RC
        @ RC Absolutely ! Shameful ! You should ensure that every nation adopts US standards and culture ! Send in the Marines ! On second thoughts, perhaps they might be better deployed in Watts, LA.
      mikeybyte1
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am all for higher fuel efficiency but I think government mandated targets are the wrong way to go. Cars get too expensive too quickly. Simply raise the tax on gas like they did in Europe. That will move people that use a lot of fuel to get more fuel efficient vehicles. Manufacturers will build cars when the market demands them, and high fuel costs do that. At the same time, if people do not mind spending a lot on fuel - maybe they rarely commute - then they will buy a vehicle that is less efficient. Some will want a hybrid or EV. Others something cheap and basic.
      SVX pearlie
      • 2 Years Ago
      In this picture, Dean Hammond is *very* happy to sell us a new Ford.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SVX pearlie
        If you're gonna make a 3d model of a dude in spandex, why not go the extra mile and make it very anatomically correct, eh?
      winc06
      • 2 Years Ago
      The only thing corporations care about is their bottom line. That is why a strong government is needed to resist them. They fight any area of regulation as a matter of philosophy whether or not it makes sense to anyone else. Their ideal is to save a lot of money while poisoning their customers just enough that they don't immediately die off.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @winc06
        Wow, someone's been watching a bit too much michael moore and not enough milton friedman.
          raktmn
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          I didn't say you haven't read Adam Smith. I said you need to read more Adam Smith. I didn't say your only source of information is Ron Paul. I said you should listen less to Ron Paul. You should slap yourself for saying I said things that I did not say.
          raktmn
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          Michael Moore? Maybe you should listen less to Ron Paul and read more Adam Smith and the economic benefits of well regulated markets.
          2 wheeled menace
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          Who says i haven't read Adam Smith? Who says my only source of information is Ron Paul? Don't slap me with the invisible hand of the market unless it's warranted.. ;)
        EZEE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @winc06
        Yes, that's exactly it. Pardon me while go to Whole Foods to pick up my organic, gluten free food, while reading my NY Times, where I find out about which government was the latest to slaughter it's own people, in the name of the people.
          Marcopolo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          @ Ezee Governments who slaughter their own people, always do so in the name of the people, for the people ! More confusing, is that sometimes the majority of the people actually do support the government against violent minorities. Often this is due to a legacy of colonization, or historical accident, that has included two very different peoples together in the same artificially created nation. The situation is often made worse by vested interests outside the nation, interfering for ideological, or other reasons. Imagine if there had been a UN or Nato in 1861. The US would still be fighting a sporadic civil war today !
        Marcopolo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @winc06
        @ winc06 Gotcha ! Ok, Mexico, let's get rid of those nasty corporations, and have a nice socialist nationalized car industry ! Hmmmm..what happened to those old Trabant blueprints ?
      upstategreenie
      • 2 Years Ago
      US is a very ev!l empire...even in communist china which MAKES everything in your home and where 99% of rare earths in your hybrid are from, ford and other US automakers sell chinese old antiquated piece of sh!t which are inefficient like a giant dumping ground. THAT is real 'free market' capitalism or 'free trade' now exposed for world to see!!!!! like subsidizing our own CAFOs so small farmers overseas go bankrupt and forcing poor Indian farmers to comm!t su!cide when they can't even afford to buy new GMO seeds every yr!!!! it is extremely ev!l what we are doing...now the world is just learning all the fu*(cked up games we are playing!!! double standards and hypocrisy are our real mottos!
        Marcopolo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @upstategreenie
        @ upstategreenie ' US is a very ev!l empire" Nurse, it's time for this patients medication !
      HVH20
      • 2 Years Ago
      The market in Mexico won't accept more expensive vehicles is what the automakers are worried about. Everyone wants higher efficiency but nobody wants to pay for it. I doubt Volts are selling like crack in Tijuana.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @HVH20
        ^-- congrats to you for actually understanding the situation. Mexico is so poor that Nissan still sells them a 1980's era Nissan Sentra renamed as the Nissan Tsuru. They still had the original VW beetle being sold in their country and even being used as a taxi car until a few years ago. As consumers, they are unlikely to pay the price premium of a car with US-spec emissions controls and engine tech. That ends up costing thousands of dollars more. Why bother when the oldschool 1990's compact cars they can buy get 25-30mpg city / 35-40mpg already?
          2 wheeled menace
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          Because it costs much more money to produce that higher tech engine, and the benefit pales in comparison to the extra cost. Think about a Honda Civic HX, CRX HF, Geo Metro etc. These cars had super primitive engines but got fuel economy on par with today's hybrids, for about the price of This rule will force cars to be much more expensive and raise the bar into car ownership. This will also potentially hurt our domestic car companies that export cars to Mexico, especially if they have to leave that market. And while i agree that we need to use less cars, and less energy, this is not fair to a county that suffers of poverty and crime.
          raktmn
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          So you are saying they are already very close to meeting the high MPG rules with their existing oldschool 1990's compact cars. So why they complaining about a few more MPG?
          Marcopolo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          @ 2WM Well, I tried up voting you, but I guess so many are more interested in maintaining outrage at wicked US capitalism, than listen to reason.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @HVH20
        http://www.nissan.com.mx/autos/tsuru
      Giza Plateau
      • 2 Years Ago
      Your true colors shining through.
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