Auto industry complains that it can\'t make cars that do 35mpg by 2020

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Auto industry complains that it can't make cars that do 35mpg by 2020

Detroit is lobbying the government to relax the law that all cars must be able to do 35mpg by 2020 as too difficult a mark to achieve.

However people are starting to call for the automakers to be forced to work towards that goal.

 http://blog.wired.com/cars/...

 http://www.ecogeek.org/cont...

What is crazy is that the European and Japanese automakers are at that level and beyond already!

Why? because petrol is more expensive in their societies and driving the research for more efficient cars.

The answer as I see it is to tax the crap out of domestic fuel consumption, forcing the buyers to purchase more efficent cars and leaving the gas guzzling SUV's and similar unsold in the yards.

Until the people themselves want to change no legislation will succeed, as the auto makers will always go where the money is.
By netchicken: posted on 12-11-2007

Ok, there is where we differ.
Taxation is NOT the answer. Period.

You know, they are lying. My 1999 Ford Taurus, a 4,700 pound sedan, got me 28 miles to the gallon last week. They are telling me that they can't get a little better now?
BS!
Lazy bums.
Don't tax me with the gas, fine those companies that don't follow regulation. And, while they are at it, insure they don't pass the cost on to the consumer (that would be a form of taxation), have the hit come from profit.
By Thomas_Crowne: posted on 12-11-2007

Here is why GM and others are so resistant to change. There is a lot of money to be made in SUV's.

Watch out Toyota, Nissan, Ford, and Isuzu it's the Hummer H3T arriving in the US during the third quarter of 2008.

Although GM released no specifics on the "pickup truck", the company previously revealed images of the 2003 HCT Concept, although recent spy shots have suggested the production version will come in a four-door double-cab configuration.

It is expected to get the same 3.7-litre and 5.3-litre V8 currently doing service in the Hummer range.

 http://motoring.iafrica.com...

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By netchicken: posted on 13-11-2007








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