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Auto Industry Analysis Moves to Edmunds.com

By Jeff Hester December 14, 2011
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Thank you for your interest in Edmunds.com's automotive industry news and analysis. AutoObserver.com is being integrated into a new area of Edmunds.com. Analysis now can be found at http://www.edmunds.com/industry-center/analysis/. To stay connected via social media as well, please follow Edmunds.com on Twitter@edmunds and fan Edmunds.com on... more

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Feds Present 2017-25 CAFE, Claim $300 Billion Savings

By Bill Visnic November 16, 2011

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency today announced a formal proposal to adopt corresponding regulations that would set Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards for the 2017-25 period that, by 2025, will have the average vehicle achieving 54.5 miles per gallon in combined city/highway fuel-efficiency. The Obama administration suggested the new standard last year and now the two agencies are presenting the rules as a final proposal to which interested stakeholders will have 60 days to comment. But in July, the administration and 13 automakers broadly agreed to this second phase of CAFE standards already enacted more

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Auto Dealers: CAFE Rules Need Scrutiny

By Bill Visnic November 1, 2011

Auto dealers are beginning to turn up the heat in the conversation about the Obama administration’s proposed Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards to cover the 2017-2025 timeframe, joining a widening chorus of opposition that claims the eventual 54.4 miles per gallon standard will pressure already strapped consumers, pressure the auto industry’s recovery and restrict vehicle choice in the market. A recent report by the Reuters news service said after a recent meeting with the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) in Washington, DC, many individual NADA members increased their support of efforts to have the fuel rules reexamined and more

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CAFE Standards Debated by Congress, Edmunds.com CEO

By Danny King October 12, 2011

Edmunds.com CEO Jeremy Anwyl, Competitive Enterprise Institute senior fellow Marlo Lewis and Natural Resources Defense Council transportation program director Roland Hwang were among those who spoke at a Congressional hearing Wednesday, debating the merits of the vehicle fuel economy standards federal regulators proposed for 2025 this past July. Members of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) expressed support for the proposed Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards amid opposition from some Congress members in the Wednesday hearing. more

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Big 3 Are Winners In $175 Million DOE Grants

By Danny King August 15, 2011

General Motors, Chrysler and Ford were among the three-dozen entities that received a combined $175 million in U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grants to be used to further develop technology aimed at boosting light-duty vehicle fuel economy by more than 75 percent over the next 14 years. Electric-motor maker UQM technologies, electric-drive powertrain maker Azure Dynamics, lithium-ion battery maker A123 Systems and tire makers Cooper and Goodyear also received DOE funding, which, combined with private sources will pay for more than $300 million in projects. The largest single grant - $26.4 million - was awarded to Phoenix-based Electric Transportation Engineering more

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Heat-Related Child Deaths Trigger NHTSA Campaign

By Danny King August 4, 2011

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently launched its first-ever campaign with automakers and consumer groups to address the issue of children being left inside hot cars after 21 child passengers were reported to have been killed this summer from hyperthermia, or elevated body temperature. NHTSA officials will meet with parents, advocacy groups, automotive experts and police in states such as Texas, Florida and California, where many of the deaths have occurred, NHTSA said in a statement. more

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CAFE Players Settle On 54.5 MPG For 2025

By John O'Dell July 28, 2011

In a deal that likely will become a major plank in President Obama's reelection platform, the White House reportedly has hammered out a deal with major automakers that will – at least for now – establish a 54.5 mile-per-gallon Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard for passenger vehicles in 2025. That would be equal to an EPA "window sticker" fuel economy rating of about 40 mpg. A formal announcement is scheduled to be made by the President on Friday, but as of late Wednesday, according to one automaker involved in the talks, there had not yet been a final more

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Can Auto Sector Win In New Korea FTA?

By Bill Visnic June 30, 2011

After months in limbo, the prospect of a first-ever free-trade agreement (FTA) with South Korea seems likely after Congress reached seeming agreement this week on a non-related issue that had been holding up final negotiations to make a law of the controversial trade pact that would give not only South Korea, but also Colombia and Panama, the same kind of tariff-free trade with the U.S. enjoyed by nations such as Mexico and Canada. more

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White House Floats 56.2-MPG CAFE Plan for 2025

By John O'Dell June 27, 2011

In what is likely to be the opening round in a months-long battle to lock in next-generation federal fuel efficiency standards, the Obama administration has floated the idea of setting a 56.2 miles per gallon fleet average requirement for all light vehicles by 2025, a compromise between the 47 mpg the auto industry was asking for and the 62 mpg the environmental community wants to see. The administration is estimating that hiking the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard to 56.2 miles per gallon from the 35.5 mpg requirement already set for 2016 would add from $2,100 to $2,600 more

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EPA Boosts 2012 Renewable Fuel Goal By 9%

By Danny King June 23, 2011

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing that fuel producers boost 2012 renewable-fuels production by about 9 percent from 2011, as U.S. regulators look to take steps toward a goal of almost tripling annual renewable-fuel production by 2022 while reducing the amount made from the dominant feedstock - corn.  The agency wants renewable fuels producers to make 15.2 billion gallons next year, or 9.2 percent of all fuel produced, up from 13.95 billion gallons in 2011. About 13 percent of the 2012 total would come from  “advanced biofuels,” which include cellulosic ethanol, biomass-based diesel and fuel made with algae more

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