Today the Association of Global Automakers submitted comments in response to the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Notice of Proposed Rulemaking of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Environmental Protection Agency.

The auto industry plays a critical role in the U.S. economy, supporting ten million jobs in all 50 states. It is also an industry in transition, as automakers and other innovators are transforming personal mobility with revolutionary advances in powertrain technology and vehicle automation. That is why now, more than ever, the industry needs smart regulations that support investment and innovation in this country.

Global Automakers has submitted comments on the proposed federal regulations regarding fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions for motor vehicles, with three supporting attachments provided below. The existing standards needed adjustments to account for market realities, such as fuel prices and consumer preferences, that the previous Administration did not accurately anticipate. There will be -- and already is -- a tendency to focus on the disagreements among stakeholders about who and how stringently to regulate.

We hope and believe that we can resove these issues and find common ground. To that end, in our comments, we advocate for a national program that provides for continuous improvements in fuel economy and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and flexibilities in reaching those goals. That approach will give manufacturers and innovators the incentives to pursue advanced emissions-reducing technologies across every system in motor vehicles, from powertrains to cooling to energy storage, and more.

We look forward to continuing the discussion.