Because the US Auto Industry is Still Showing Signs of Life

US Department of Transportation has issued new and tougher MPG standards:

The U.S. Department of Transportation has ordered automakers to increase fuel mileage in cars and light trucks to an average of 27.3 mpg by 2011.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said changes to the Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards, or CAFE standards, are important steps to achieving energy independence and bringing more fuel-efficient vehicles to market.

Plans for further increases from model year 2011 to 2020 are well under way, LaHood announced Friday, March 27. The Federal Register published the final rule on Monday, March 30.

President Barack Obama directed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to divide a previous rulemaking into two parts – one to establish the 2011 standard and one for standards leading up to 2020 – based on work that began during the Bush administration.

The move is the first change to the CAFE standards since 1985. The standards were put in place in the late 1970s to reduce fuel consumption.

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