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March 1, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Americans are buying cars at a faster rate than they have in four years as rising gas prices and easier-to-get financing are driving more buyers to dealership showrooms. Bolstered by a surge in sales of fuel-efficient vehicles, automakers sold cars at an annualized sales rate of 15.1 million in February, which coincidently marked the industry's best performance since the February of the last leap year in 2008. They are selling to buyers such as recent college graduate Lindsey Roberts, an Atlanta resident who went shopping earlier this month to replace her 12-year-old Chrysler that got less than 20 miles per gallon.
May 21, 2010 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
By deciding to set the first fuel efficiency standards for big-rig trucks, President Obama on Friday handed environmentalists a victory, but one that the vehicle industry said it was happy to embrace. At a televised Rose Garden ceremony at the White House, Obama signed a memorandum ordering federal agencies to prepare plans for the fuel efficiency standards. The president argued that the standards were needed to ease the United States' dependency on foreign oil and help reduce greenhouse gases and pollutants.
July 21, 2011 | By Neela Banerjee, Los Angeles Times
President Obama is nearing a decision to sharply increase vehicle fuel-efficiency requirements. But automakers — emboldened by a return to profitability two years after an industry bailout — are pushing hard for concessions that would reduce energy savings in the next generation of cars and trucks. The companies are also calling for a review several years down the road that would potentially reopen the bargaining, which environmentalists say could enable the industry to drag its feet and eventually meet lower standards.
August 10, 2011 | By Neela Banerjee, Los Angeles Times
President Obama announced the first fuel-efficiency and greenhouse gas standards for long-haul rigs, work trucks and other heavy-duty vehicles Tuesday, the second mileage pact with manufacturers in less than a month. The regulations call for reductions on fuel consumption and greenhouse-gas emissions by 2018 of 9% to 23%, depending on the type of vehicle. Trucks and other heavy vehicles make up only 4% of the domestic vehicle fleet, but given the distance they travel, the time they spend idling and their low fuel efficiency, they end up consuming about 20% of all vehicle fuel, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.
November 30, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
On one stage of the Los Angeles Auto Show, BMW shows off "the cars of tomorrow," concepts powered by electricity. On another, Audi touts four new diesels. Ford, meanwhile, displays a tiny gasoline motor with an unprecedented mix of power and economy. With consumers and the government demanding ever-higher fuel economy, automakers are tripping over one another at this year's auto show to trumpet technologies that squeeze more miles out of a fuel tank or an electric charge. Until recently, peak fuel efficiency demanded a trade-off.
May 27, 2002
Re "Exhaust Legislation May Hit a Red Light," May 21: If the California Assembly caves in to the automobile industry it would be a real shame. The issue is not that the precious soccer moms would have to drive smaller cars that are less safe; the issue is that the automobile industry has the technology to increase fuel efficiency even in SUVs and trucks but is unwilling to make that investment. Greater fuel efficiency not only reduces greenhouse gases, it reduces air pollution, which is unhealthy for all of us, and depletion of limited global resources.
September 30, 1991 | From Associated Press
Fuel efficiency in 1992 cars is down from last year's models, the sixth consecutive year with little or no reduction in new automobiles' appetite for gasoline, the government reported Sunday. In the Environmental Protection Agency's annual fuel economy survey, which covers about 1,000 cars, 1992 models average 27.5 miles per gallon. Down from 27.8 mpg in 1991, it is the industry's poorest showing since the mid-1980s, when a decade-long surge in mileage improvements leveled off.
The trend toward great improvement in automobile fuel efficiency was reversed in 1990, for the first time since the mid-1970s, and the average mileage last year was the lowest in five years, an environmental organization reported Tuesday.
May 6, 1989
Your editorial "Back on the Right Route" (April 20) was a welcome challenge to improving auto miles per gallon rates. Our debilitating smog problem begins and ends in our gas tank, and better fuel economy means less noxious air pollution. We on the Air Quality Management District Board of Directors are encouraged by the Bush Administration's decision to reverse the previous course and re-establish Congress' original Average Fuel Economy standard. After attaining the 27.5 m.p.g.
August 25, 2006 | John O'Dell
General Motors Corp. said it would introduce a new V-8 turbocharged diesel engine as early as the 2010 model year that would improve the fuel efficiency of its light-duty pickup trucks in the U.S. by 25%. The diesel will be able to meet stringent California emissions standards, enabling GM to sell diesel-equipped light-duty trucks -- and sport utility vehicles, if desired -- in all 50 states. GM's announcement comes just days after Ford Motor Co.
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