May 29, 2007

Automakers ask U.S. citizens to oppose higher fuel economy standards

Detroit, Michigan – The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (AAM) has launched a campaign asking Americans to oppose proposed increases in the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, as reported by the Green Car Congress. The AAM, which represents BMW, DaimlerChrysler, General Motors, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Porsche, Toyota and Volkswagen is asking people to pressure their elected officials to vote down such proposals.

The AAM has launched a Web site at that encourages citizens to compose messages of protest against “unrealistic fuel economy increases”, to be delivered to elected officials.

The Green Car Congress says that the AAM’s efforts are bolstered by parallel campaigns by General Motors, at, and by DaimlerChrysler at a password-protected site,

According to the AAM’s Web site, the new standards would “raise the costs of many popular utility and work-related vehicles, hurting small business, trades people, farmers and others who are dependent on vans, minivans, SUVs and pickups for their livelihoods.” The site also says that “rather than letting the experts at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration decide what standard is ‘technologically feasible’, the legislation mandates a standard that could compromise safety and our economy.”

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