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Meeting new CAFE regs will cost Detroit double what it costs the Japanese

The average cost for Detroit's Big Three automakers to meet the proposed fuel efficiency targets of 31.6 miles per gallon by 2015 has been pegged at $30.6 billion. In contrast, the average cost for the Japanese automakers sits at less than half that amount at "only" $14.85 billion. These numbers come courtesy of a recent study by Global Insight. In a real shocker, General Motors alone is expected to pa

Pelosi commends Bush on 31.6 mpg by 2015 step

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has been involved with the ins and outs of the CAFE standards for a long while. This week, following the NHTSA's call for a 31.6 mpg average (35.7 for cars and 28.6 for light trucks) by 2015, Pelosi had some kind word for the President and the NHTSA. So, first the automakers say they're Sebastian Blanco

Dingell might get the final say on state-based fuel economy laws

We all know that the Democratic Representative from the Automakers Michigan, John Dingell, is a foe of state-based regulations over the auto industry. Back in February, he tried to revive an excised portion of the energy bill that would have made federal CO2 limits take precedence over state rules. In an editorial in Sebastian Blanco

NADA Chairwoman says flexibile CAFE standards are the right move

At the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) meeting last weekend, GM CEO Rick Wagoner asked car dealers to lobby their state and local governments to not regulate tailpipe emissions. The NADA is going to take the legislative battle over CAFE fuel requirements seriously, something that NADA chairwoman Annette Sykora Sebastian Blanco

It's official: Congress passes 35 mpg CAFE standard

This afternoon, the energy bill that requires 35 mpg by 2020 CAFE handily passed Congress. After passing in the Senate last week, the first increase in average fleet fuel economy in 32 years sailed through the House of Representatives 314-100. The auto industry's best friend in Congress, Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., "was key to a compromise on vehicle efficiency increases," as the AP

Import automakers tell Congress 35 mpg CAFE is A-OK, just not in 2020

Forget MPG, just pull into a gas station with your Tesla Roadster and smile....

NADA chair says fuel-efficient vehicles are the way to built market share

Automotive News says (subs req'd) that a Buick, Pontiac, GMC 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 (