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Automakers like Obama’s fuel plan

by Bill Cawthon on

Even though it includes the first-ever rules for medium and heavy trucks and buses, the auto industry is praising the plans presented last week by President Barack Obama.

The Administration’s plans call for new economy standards for cars and light trucks in model years 2017 to 2025 and for large trucks in model years from 2014 to 2018. The long lead times are designed to allow vehicle manufacturers and energy companies time to prepare for compliance.

Obama’s program also calls for a single national standard, almost the Holy Grail of the auto industry which has bitterly fought multiple standards like those set by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the states that have agreed to adopt the California standards, which have generally been more strict than the federal standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The new rules will build upon those already approved for light vehicles in model years 2012 to 2016. The President plans to enlist federal and state governments, the auto industry and environmental groups to come up with the new regulations.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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