Upside-Down Game!: New Mileage Regulations Could Lead to Bigger SUVs

Holy loophole shift. Government regulators' new fuel-efficency requirements for SUVs could force the size of such trucks upward, say some critics quoted by AutoWeek. The larger the vehicle, they say, the lower the mandated mileage standard, giving incentive to automakers that build larger SUVs. One example given is the Hummer H3, which at its current size would have to meet a four-mpg increase by 2011, but with an extra two inches of track width and four inches of wheelbase could decrease by 1 mpg and still meet the target. Do you ever get the feeling federal bureaucrats got their degrees from Opposite School?

Compliance Question [AutoWeek]

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