Automotive News says
(subs req'd) that a Buick
and Cadillac dealer
in Lawrence, Kan. told the National Automobile Dealers Association
this week that the way the Detroit 3 can turn their troubles to triumph is by designing and building more fuel-efficient vehicles. For proof, he pointed to a 37 percent increase in hybrid
sales in the U.S. The dealer, Dale Willey, also said innovative cars (he cited the Buick Enclave
and Ford Edge
) must be part of the equation.
Willey said a U.S. House of Representatives bill that increases corporate average fuel economy
standards for cars and light trucks to 32 to 35 mpg by 2022 is "the only bill that calls for responsible CAFE reform." The NADA
as a whole supports the House bill instead of a somewhat similar (35 mpg by 2020) bill in the Senate. The bill "would pose a significant threat to vehicle choice, safety and affordability."
[Source: Ryan Beene / Automotive News]