Wednesday, April 02, 2003

NHSA Increases SUV Fuel Economy Standards

Yesterday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a regulation requiring auto manufacturers to attain a fleet average for vehicles in the "light truck" category of 22.2 miles per gallon beginning with the 2007 models, an increase of 1.5 mpg over current regulations.

There is only one way to comply with this regulation: build lighter vehicles, which means build vehicles that are less resistant to impact.

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