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“If we can affect our consumption, we'll change the dynamic of the entire global oil market,” added Cooper.

David Champion, the director of auto testing at Consumer Reports, said that these fuel economy regulations provide a baseline and a manageable timeframe for accommodating these changes, and that the organization supports the policy, “not only for the consumer, but also for the economy.”

According to Champion, we'll also see plenty of improvements outside of going hybrid or plug-in. He pointed to the EcoBoost (turbocharged V-6) version of the Ford F-150 pickup as one successes.

2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost burnout

2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost burnout

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CFA's Cooper also emphasized that these policies won't limit vehicle choice, or regulate out larger pickups or SUVs. “They love SUVs, and they'll love them when they get 40 mpg,” he said.

“Rarely has there been such an important public policy change embraced by so many – and for good reason, the proposed standard is a ‘win-win-win’ proposition that needs to be adopted.”

How you can participate: The proposed rules were formally completed by the NHTSA and EPA only this past November, and are currently in a comment period through February 13, 2012.

They come in advance of official EPA hearings to be held in Detroit next week (January 17), then in Philadelphia on January 19 and San Francisco on January 24. For all of those hearings, the public is welcome to listen in remotely at 866-299-3188 (conference access code 7342144423#).


 
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  1. If Consumer Reports is in favor of it, I'm dead-set opposed. I'd argue against apple pie and motherhood if Consumer Reports took a stand in favor of them. I'm sure there's a way to build automobiles that'll carry four people and a few grocery sacks - and that'll get 54.5 mpg (they're running around Europe today, and they're tiny), but I'm not sure there's a way to engineer a vehicle that'll carry four people and tow a boat or a travel trailer over long distances and return that kind of mileage.
     
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  2. According to Edmund's, 54.5 mpg by the CAFE standard is about 36 mpg by the much more familiar EPA standard. Cars don't need to be tiny to achieve 36 mpg EPA even using today's technology. For example, a 2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid is EPA rated at 39 mpg (combined city/highway), and the 2013 Fusion Hybrid will top 40 mpg. So even using today's technology, a car can be larger than a Ford Fusion Hybrid and still achieve 36 mpg.
     
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