Automakers Bracing for Tougher Fuel Economy Standards


Demo­c­ra­t­i­cal­ly con­trolled Con­gress is poised to push the Bush admin­is­tra­tion into rais­ing CAFE stan­dards

Pas­sen­ger cars, light trucks gen­er­ate about 20% of world’s CO2 emis­sions
CAFE stan­dards based on what automak­er sells, not what it pro­duces
Con­sumers’ choice of fuel-inef­fi­cient SUVs, trucks, gives skewed image of OEM offer­ings
More than 200 vehi­cle mod­els avail­able w/ fuel econ­o­my rat­ing of over 30 mpg