For the record, General Motors, Chrysler and Ford are three of Levin's top five financial donors, so there's reason to believe that Levin will defend the automotive industry no matter what the cost.
With that bit of trivia out of the way, let's move on to Levin's concern over the proposed 56.2-mpg standard. According to The Detroit News, Levin appears to have been caught off guard by the announcement and is now seeking some answers. He says he's sending a letter directly to the White House asking for a detailed explanation of how the Administration arrived at 56.2 mpg. Levin told The Detroit News that:
Though Levin is "very concerned" about the impact that the Administration's proposal will have on automotive sales and jobs, he strongly supports improvements in fuel efficiency, just not in the usual sort of way.We want to know how they arrived at that starting point. We will get that information one way or another.
[Source: The Detroit News]