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should automakers increase mpg on autos?

Auto Execs Discuss Mileage With Congress

Wednesday June 6, 2:02 pm ET

By Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer

Auto Execs Visit Congress to Try to Head Off Higher Fuel Economy Standards

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The heads of the domestic auto industry pressed congressional leaders Wednesday to revisit a plan to increase fuel efficiency standards that automakers say could hurt their industry.

the above is crap..they need to give us autos that get max mileage per gallon, it doesnt have to be all autos, but their should be a certain number available to the consumer.

also, its time for no more bs about other types of fuels we can use, the time is now to come up with something else.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Yes, the US's mileage requirements are absolutely pathetic. Even China requires new cars to have better mileage than the US, let alone Europe and other developed countries.

    "China’s new fuel economy standards [as of 2004] require 32 different car and truck weight-based classes to achieve between 19 and 38 mpg by 2005, and between 21 and 43 mpg by 2008. Only 79% of U.S. car sales and 27% of U.S. light truck sales currently meet China’s 2005 standards. Only 19% of car sales and 14% of truck sales currently meet China’s 2008 standard."

    This legislation is long overdue.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    This country is based on free enterprise, the manufacturers should build what people want not what the government tells them to build!!!!! If the American people truly want high mileage cars, they shouldn't buy gas hogs. There would be a glut of gas hogs with no buyers. The auto makers would respond accordingly. Get the government out of everything except government, when they get involved the price goes up and efficiency goes down, just look at Social Security. What does Congress know about the auto industry???? They should regulate outrageous gas profits AND the resulting tax revenues received by the government because of high gas prices. Don't look to the Government to solve our problems, you have the ultimate tool right in your wallet, don't buy what you don't believe in, conserve fuel to the best of your ability. Convince your friends and relatives to do likewise. Conservation begins at home not Washington.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Other types of fuels??? Same old S### since Jimmie Carter was president. not a f@@@@@ thing gets done about it.

    Here;s some quick ways to get better mileage. Small cars, very small cars. No acceleration, want to get to 30 mph faster, get out and push.,better mileage, but a max speed of 40 mph.

    The auto makers would make 50 million a year if people would buy 50 million a year.

    Who do you want to make all this come about? Congress???

    You gotta be kidding.

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  • sprcpt
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Yes they should as long as the market will bear it.

    The old tech that allows for better fuel economy restricts horsepower to the point of not even being able to merge with traffic and thus being a hazard on the road.

    The new tech that allows for better fuel economy is still far too expensive for the average Joe.

    So if you force a automaker to produce only the new tech, less people will buy any new car because they just can't afford them. Instead you will have people buying a cheap used car.

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  • awake
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Yes

    We had laws of the fact that all car manufacturers have to have at least one hybrid, but Bush axed that law. Although I think most of them do now anyway.

    And did you know that if you filter your USED deep fry oil,(not to be mistaken for cooking grease from a frying pan), and pour it in your DIESEL vehicle, it will run just fine. How ever, it will lose about 10% fuel economy, but that's USED cooking oil, which was designed for cooking, not driving.

    Source(s): Mythbusters.
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I agree with you.

    Side note: Did you know that auto makers who offer "Flex-Fuel auto's are exempt from meeting minimum MPG guidelines for those models?

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  • 3 years ago

    as a results of fact the conventional american customer is so short sited. it is basic to sell means as a results of fact it is reward are obtrusive now, while the reward of gas performance are not found out till sometime down the line, which makes it greater stable to sell as a results of fact it is an investment, which isn't some thing united states of america of america is stable at thinking the conventional American is in debt. i ought to care much less suitable to the yank vehicle worker, as a results of fact it replaced into united states of america of america that incredibly globalized this international, and if we save producing an inferior product then it is our own fault that we can't compete with greater advantageous manufacturers foreign places. the vehicle industry is the quickest turning out to be contributor to CO2 emissions that are many times to blame for international warming, and if the yank vehicle makers desire to have a great industry proportion interior the destiny, they greater advantageous take it upon themselves to enhance their gas performance or it is going to grow to be so economically unattractive to do company with them that they're going to deliver themselves out of company.

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  • NLBNLB
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    In Europe, my vehicle is a Skoda Octavia

    16,000€ (new) TDI 110Hp... 45-50MPG and its not even a hybrid. I like it, it has really pick-up and saves me a lot of money.

    It´s one of the cheapest car in its category

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  • 1 decade ago

    YES!

    The requirement should be for the fleet average and SUV's MUST be included in that average.

    SUV's are currently exempted so the whole "fleet average" system, as it is currently administered, is BOGUS.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes if that's what the customer wants

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