• mss627 avatar mss627 Posted: 7/31/2011 10:51am PDT

    I know conservatives will moan about government interference but strict fuel economy laws are way past due. The vehicles being produced today are twice as powerful as the ones produced 30 years ago. The result? Poorer fuel economy and for what? Gridlock in major metropolitan areas is worse than ever. So exactly where are people going to take advantage of all that horsepower? Unless you're a Nascar driver there really is no need. My idiot colleague drove a Chevy Suburban from Front Royal Virginia to Germantown Maryland alone every day. A 140 mile commute. There needs to be stiff fines penalizing this kind of stupidity.

  • fb_100000486050656 avatar Adam Posted: 7/29/2011 6:15pm PDT

    I don't see how anyone could find fault with increasing fuel efficiency. This isn't going to affect companies like BMW or Volkswagen who made inlets in fuel efficiency but companies like the useless chevrolet. My favorite part is how the Nissan Leaf's real MPG will only be 39, not meeting the goals. Anything to get rid of the Leaf.

  • fb_572941444 avatar Michal Posted: 7/29/2011 3:50pm PDT

    bullll shit ;) why not simply switch to ethanol? money will stay in country, MPG will be 2ndary problem after polution

  • jfed avatar jfed Posted: 8/1/2011 9:48am PDT

    Michal, you currently get fewer mpg when using ethanol. Ethanol is definitely not the answer, merely an option.

  • fb_1510606196 avatar Carl Posted: 7/29/2011 2:36pm PDT

    This a typical liberal feel-good boondogle with some benefits for keeping engineers and regulators occupied. As the story says, American has passed the point of diminshing returns. The worldwide automakers have their own sales incentives to reduce fuel costs without excessive downsizing.