New fuel standards for cars and trucks


Thursday, April 1, 2010

NEW FUEL STANDARDS FOR CARS AND TRUCKS: STATEMENT BY CONSUMERS UNION

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Obama administration today is setting new rules to require automakers to improve gas mileage and curb emissions from new cars and trucks starting with the 2016 model year. All 2016 fleets will need to average 35.5 miles per gallon combined for all cars and trucks, if all emission reductions are made through fuel economy improvements.
Shannon Baker-Branstetter, policy analyst for Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, made the following statement following the announcement:
“These new standards mean more cars and trucks will travel farther on less gas. Consumers shopping for cars will be able to choose among more models with better mileage and lower emissions. This is another big step forward in producing greener, more fuel-efficient vehicles. In the long run, the fuel savings should help offset the higher costs of building greener vehicles and save consumers money.”
Media contact:
David Butler, dbutler@consumer.org
(202) 462-6262