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Daimler Thinks Its LED Lights Can Help Meet CAFE Targets

The new Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards pose problems for automotive groups that aren't selling millions of cars of all shapes and sizes in this country. Take Daimler, for example. Most of the cars they sell in this country right now are C and E-class sedans with average fuel economy ratings somewhere in the… »11/04/13 4:00pm11/04/13 4:00pm

How The Government Killed Fuel Efficient Cars And Trucks

Close your eyes and imagine it's 1979. A first-term Democratic president struggles with unemployment, malaise, high energy prices, and embassy trouble. The landscape of today looks like the landscape of then, but there's one important thing missing: The compact pickup. Where did they go? The small pickup was an… »10/02/12 10:30am10/02/12 10:30am

Australian Motoring Group Calls For Fuel Consumption Standards, Finally Gets Plot Of Road Warrior

Not content to end up in a punky post-apocalyptic world because of an energy shortage, a la the great Australian film The Road Warrior, the Australian version of AAA is requesting the government implement some sort of average fuel limits similar to our CAFE standards. The NRMA thinks the move could save the country… »7/15/08 4:20pm7/15/08 4:20pm

AutoNation CEO Says High Gas Prices Are Good For You, Automakers

Mike Jackson, Chairman and CEO of AutoNation (and thus America's number one car salesman), finally breaks taboo and utters the unthinkable: High gas prices are a good thing. "You have to tell the American people the truth," he says. "Energy costs are going to be higher." Oh Mike, Mike, Mike. Don't you know that the… »6/09/08 1:00pm6/09/08 1:00pm

Lutz Desires Pricier Gas, Predicts Costlier, Smaller Cars

MarketWatch has a fairly shaggy interview with GM's "Maximum Bob" Lutz in which he opines on the impending 2020 federal mandate that carmakers achieve 35mpg CAFE standards. First, Lutz says he wants to see gas prices in the U.S. rise, to levels similar to what the rest of the world pays (which would be more than twice… »1/21/08 1:30pm1/21/08 1:30pm