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Why Did Detroit Need to Be Forced Into Fuel Efficiency? July 25, 2007 10:25 AM

Detroit automakers successfully lobbied to keep the 27 mpg CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standard from increasing for nearly 30 years. Publicly they argued raising it would be bad for their business as the gas guzzlers have higher profit margins than smaller, thrifty fuel efficient cars and hybrids. In light of Toyota’s and Honda’s tremendous sales success with fuel efficient cars the public and federal politicians have largely begun to disagree with Detroit’s point of view and to the automakers surprise the Senate passed a bill in June 2007 to increase the CAFE standard to a whooping 35 mpg by 2020. When is GM and Ford going to do something other than lay people off to keep the stock holders happy? -------------------------------- Mr Fezziwig, administrator for Green Cars Now, , a website promoting fuel efficient cars and cleaner alternative fuels and Car Repair Ratings , a website devoted to consumer reviews of auto repair work.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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