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January 22, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger isn't waiting to press the Obama administration on one of California's top priorities -- regulating greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles. The Republican governor sent a letter to the new president asking him to give California and other states permission to implement tough tailpipe-emission standards. He wants the Environmental Protection Agency to reverse a 2007 Bush administration decision that states did not have authority to impose greenhouse gas standards for new cars and light trucks.
April 13, 1989 | From Associated Press
Big Three auto sales shot up 26.5% in early April, when incentives were in full force, compared with last year when the deals had expired, the companies said today. General Motors, Ford and Chrysler said cars and light trucks sold at an average daily rate of 34,931 during the April 1-10 period this year, contrasted with a rate of 27,621 last year. Car sales soared 27.6%, and sales of light trucks were up 24.6% during the period. Late last month, Ford and GM announced new incentive packages featuring 2.9% interest on two-year loans and increased rebates.
December 23, 2002
The administration's plan to increase the average gas mileage for SUVs, vans and light trucks 1.5 miles per gallon by 2007 is too little, too late (Dec. 13). Our nation's plans to reduce dependence on foreign oil since the OPEC embargo in the '70s are being compromised by the increasing population of gas-guzzling SUVs and pickups. Perhaps it is time to include these vehicles under the same federal tax formula paid by consumers for passenger cars that are classified as gas guzzlers.
August 20, 2008 | From Bloomberg News
Automotive wheel maker Superior Industries International Inc. said Tuesday that it planned to cut 29% of its U.S. workforce and shut a Kansas plant because of lower sales of pickups and sport-utility vehicles. The Pittsburg factory will close Dec. 19, accounting for about 600 of the job cuts, the Van Nuys company said. Superior said it would eliminate 90 vacant positions and lay off 65 workers. Suppliers of parts for pickups, vans and SUVs have lost business as rising U.S. gasoline prices have damped demand for the light trucks.
August 21, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
General Motors Corp. said today it will temporarily idle three U.S. factories that produce light trucks because of soft sales. The plants set to close for the week of Aug. 28 are in Shreveport, La.; Pontiac, Mich., and Moraine, Ohio. They make compact pickups for Chevrolet and GMC and such sports utility vehicles as the Chevrolet Blazer. GM said 7,200 workers will be laid off.
September 27, 2001 | From Associated Press
The federal government is considering new standards for headlights after a spike in complaints from motorists who say they've been blinded by oncoming vehicles. Authorities say the increase in complaints can be traced to the proliferation of sport-utility vehicles and pickups, and more vehicles with high-intensity headlights and fog lights. "New technologies allow headlighting to be more robust than in the past," Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta said in a statement.
For the first time in more than half a century, auto makers sold in a single month more light trucks--pickups, sport-utility vehicles and minivans--than passenger cars to U.S. consumers. Trucks captured 50.9% of the total vehicle market in November. The performance marks a milestone in a prolonged shift in driving preferences by Americans away from sedans and coupes and into more versatile light trucks. The popularity of light trucks shows little evidence of abating.
July 27, 2011 | By Neela Banerjee and Christi Parsons, Washington Bureau
The White House is nearing compromise with automakers on tougher fuel standards for cars and trucks, after talks in which the industry lobbied for a slower pace of efficiency requirements for their most popular passenger trucks. The Obama administration is preparing to require that automakers' vehicle fleets average 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, according to people with knowledge of the talks, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to do so publicly.
To hear some tell it, sport-utility vehicles, minivans and pickup trucks are the devil's carriage--little more than gas-guzzling road hogs that foul the air and threaten the safety of others on the road. While this view is increasingly voiced by some Washington regulators, environmentalists and anti-car crusaders, it is not widely shared by consumers, who are driving light trucks off showroom floors in record numbers.
Dear Traffic Talk: I was trapped behind a large truck on a freeway and unable to change lanes. As a result I had to inhale nauseating exhaust fumes. The frequency of this problem prompts the question, why are operators of buses and trucks not required to adhere to the same pollution-emission regulations as drivers of automobiles? Or do they have different rules to follow? Robert B.
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