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April 10, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Ford Motor Co. said it would reduce new-vehicle greenhouse gas emissions 30% by 2020 in the U.S. and Europe. The announcement followed a deal between the automaker and shareholder groups including the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility. In 2003, Ford discarded its goal of improving mileage on sport-utility vehicles by 25% by 2005, saying instead it would boost mileage of all vehicles, without a specific target.
October 4, 1998
Regarding "Navigating the New World of Frequent-Flier Miles" (Travel Insider, Aug. 30): Christopher Reynolds' painful experience in getting Lufthansa mileage credited to United Mileage Plus seems to be the rule rather than the exception. It has taken me months of calling and letter writing to get seven Air Canada/United code-share flights credited. BILL BENCE West Hollywood In reference to frequent-flier mileage difficulties: I just had an experience with United that appalled me. My husband and I had separate accounts.
March 18, 2000
There is nothing mysterious about why gasoline prices keep rising. It is purely a function of supply and demand. Gasoline consumption doubled when millions of drivers switched to sports utility vehicles. At best, SUVs get about half the mileage of a standard-size car. SUVs are classified as trucks and do not have to meet current gas mileage standards or pollution requirements. With world demand for oil also increasing, what would one expect OPEC to do? Just what it is doing--nothing. If you want to blame someone, go look in the mirror.
August 4, 1992
Wouldn't the dent be bigger if diesels (cars, trucks, buses) were required to help? They have dirty, large engines and run 10 to 15 times the annual mileage of a car. DAVID BAXTER, Los Angeles
August 7, 2005
Regarding: "Toyota Profit Falls on Cost of Research," Aug. 4: Toyota is killing the Big 3 in the big three: quality, customer service and gas mileage! Daniel Hall Beverly Hills
October 27, 2001
Regarding the war on SUVs: It's just short of official--SUV owners have lost their right to display their patriotism by flying flags from their vehicles. I may as well drive straight to the junkyard, as trading in my SUV will have no effect; someone else will buy it and put it right back on the road again. Before I head to the car dealership for an economy car that will reinstate my worthiness as an American citizen, I do have several questions: What is the minimum mpg a car can get and still be a flag waver?
July 10, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
A consumer watchdog group has joined with a car buyer to file a lawsuit alleging Hyundai Motor America misleads consumers with inflated fuel economy claims for its popular Elantra. The lawsuit is the second of its type filed recently against an automaker and highlights the aggressive use of mileage numbers by manufacturers in advertising their vehicles. The litigation also underscores growing consumer frustration over mileage claims as the auto industry has shifted its marketing focus from performance attributes such as horsepower and speed to fuel economy, now among the top features consumers look for when buying a new car. "This is becoming a customer satisfaction issue," said Aaron Bragman, an analyst with IHS Automotive.
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