WASHINGTON, DC, JULY 27, 2011 – The Association of Global Automakers (Global Automakers) supports the Administration’s and California’s commitment to continue on the path of a harmonized national greenhouse gas (GHG)/fuel economy program for passenger cars and light duty trucks.
These are challenging new standards and many important details still need to be worked out as the proposal moves through the federal regulatory process. Our members have long recognized the importance of addressing climate change and have supported efforts by public officials to require meaningful reductions in GHG emissions from automobiles and light trucks.
Because this rule would be applied to model years 2017-2025, it is very difficult – if not impossible – to know this far in advance where the industry will be in terms of new technologies or market conditions. We are pleased that the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Transportation and the California Air Resources Board have agreed to a mid-term review as a means of assessing whether these future standards will still be appropriate.
With these safeguards, we are able to advance the nation’s environmental and energy goals by providing manufacturers with enough lead-time to design and build the type of advanced technology vehicles needed, while continuing to meet consumer needs with a full range of vehicle choices.
The Association of Global Automakers represents international motor vehicle manufacturers, original equipment suppliers, and other automotive-related trade associations. Our members’ market share of both U.S. sales and production is 40 percent and growing. We work with industry leaders, legislators, and regulators to create the kind of public policy that improves vehicle safety, encourages technological innovation, and protects our planet. Our goal is to foster a competitive environment in which more vehicles are designed and built to enhance Americans’ quality of life. For more information, visit www.globalautomakers.org.
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