Statement by Julia Rege, Global Automakers Director, Environment and Energy

“Our members are making early progress toward meeting the goals of the national fuel economy and greenhouse gas (GHG) program for light-duty vehicles, but significant challenges remain. The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report highlights a wide range of opinions and perspectives from industry, regulators, academia and environmental NGOs on the cost and effectiveness of technologies required to meet the stringent 54.5 mpg target by 2025. In addition, lower fuel prices influence consumer acceptance of more fuel efficient vehicles.

“Greater flexibilities will be necessary for the industry to meet the future standards. Global Automakers and our members look forward to continuing our work with the regulatory agencies to improve fuel economy and reduce GHG emissions while providing consumers with a variety of vehicle choices.”