NHTSA launches revised CAFE structure, MY2011 standards

  • 01-Apr-2009 06:17 EDT

NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) has released MY2011 CAFE standards for passenger cars and light trucks. The combined average will be 27.3 mpg, a 2.0 mpg increase over MY2010. With implementation of a revised CAFE structure that takes into consideration vehicle size, the minimum fuel-economy requirement for passenger cars will differ between automakers. So while the industry-wide passenger-car average required minimum will be 30.2 mpg, it will be 31.2 mpg for Porsche at one extreme and 27.5 mpg for Maserati and Tata (owner of Jaguar and Land Rover) at the other. The same size-based system is in effect for light trucks, and the industry-wide average required minimum will be 24.1 mpg. Mitsubishi will have the most onerous requirement at 26.7 mpg and General Motors will have the least onerous at 23.2 mpg.

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