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Fuel Goals Strain Carmakers
Ford Says New Focus Shows Turnaround Momentum
Mini Cooper Steering Probe May Signal Industry-Wide Issue
Chevy Allows 15 Future Buyers to Test Drive Volt
Fiat Sees Natural Gas Engine as 'Near-Term' Environmental Solution in U.S.
Renault-Nissan Open to Closer GM Ties-CEO in Paper
The Confusion Over Which 'Green' Car Will Succeed
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Fuel Goals Strain Carmakers

60 m.p.g. standard sought by '25

Automakers, already straining to boost their average fuel economy to 35.5 m.p.g. by 2016, are jockeying with environmental groups that are pushing the White House to raise the fuel economy bar as high as 60 m.p.g. by 2025. (Read more)
Source: Detroit Free Press

Editor's Note: NADA is monitoring closely the Administration's development of motor vehicle fuel economy/greenhouse gas emissions standards for 2017 and beyond. "We continue to strongly oppose any state regulation in this area and the premature establishment of binding targets that fail to reflect economic practicability and technological feasibility," says Doug Greenhaus, NADA's director of environment, health and safety. "Simply put, neither the economy nor the environment will benefit if dealers are saddled with vehicles whose price or performance fail to conform with customer expectations."

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Ford Says New Focus Shows Turnaround Momentum

When Ford Motor Co rolls out its Focus early next year, it expects to have an all-new small car that can win in the highest volume and highest stakes segment of the global car market. (Read more)
Source: Reuters 

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Mini Cooper Steering Probe May Signal Industry-Wide Issue

BMW's iconic Mini brand is under federal investigation because power steering on as many as 80,000 2004 and 2005 Mini Cooper models could fail — the latest in a rising tide of steering-related problems. (Read more)
Source: USA Today

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Chevy Allows 15 Future Buyers to Test Drive Volt

MILFORD, Mich. -- Kris Trexler isn't used to the silence. As the Chevrolet Volt he's piloting picks up speed across an expanse of asphalt, Trexler is a bit surprised by the absence of engine noise. "Listen to the sound," he exclaims. "There is no sound. It's just tires on the road." (Read more)
Source: The Detroit News

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Fiat Sees Natural Gas Engine as 'Near-Term' Environmental Solution in U.S.

Fiat SpA sees natural gas propulsion as a “near-term environmental solution” also for the U.S. as it has “less expensive production, transportation and distribution” than hybrid and electric engines, according to the slide presentation of a speech by Fiat’s executive Alfredo Altavilla at a conference in Paris (Tuesday). (Read more)
Source: Bloomberg

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Renault-Nissan Open to Closer GM Ties-CEO in Paper

PARIS - Renault and alliance partner Nissan Motor are interested in closer ties with U.S. automaker General Motors, Carlos Ghosn, chief executive of Renault and Nissan, told Le Monde newspaper. (Read more)
Source: Reuters

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The Confusion Over Which 'Green' Car Will Succeed
By Douglas A. McIntyre

The largest hurdle car companies face is consumer confusion. A car buyer who has bought gasoline-powered cars all their lives cannot possibly evaluate with any reasonable certainty which of the new technologies will work -- particularly given the fact that experts do not know those answers and continue to debate the merits of one technology over others. (Read more)
Source: The Atlantic

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Quotable
 
"Instead of plucking numbers out of the air, we should base policy on science and expert reviews of factors like affordability of technology, availability of low-carbon fuels and the state of the electric infrastructure."

    -- David McCurdy, president of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, on the debate over raising the fuel economy standard as high as 60 m.p.g. by 2025, Detroit Free Press, Sept. 29


 
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