For years, the auto industry had successfully fought off attempts to
impose tougher gas mileage standards. But when the big automakers came
to Washington last year asking for handouts, the help came at a price: tough new national standards.
The rules — previously proposed as state limits by California — will
require each car company selling in the U.S. to deliver an average fuel
economy of 35.5 miles per gallon for its cars, SUVs, vans, and pickups
That’s about 40 percent higher than the current
average. And to get there by the 2016 deadline, the auto companies will
need to roll out a mix of technological innovations.
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