An advocacy group representing major automakers released a statement Monday saying that it supports the EPA’s decision to revise greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for 2022-’25 cars and light trucks.
The Auto Alliance includes BMW Group, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co., Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz USA, Mitsubishi Motors, Porsche, Toyota, Volkswagen Group of America and Volvo Car USA.
“This was the right decision, and we support the administration for pursuing a data-driven effort and a single national program as it works to finalize future standards,” the Auto Alliance statement said. “We appreciate that the administration is working to find a way to both increase fuel economy standards and keep new vehicles affordable to more Americans.
“Automakers are committed to increasing fuel economy requirements and the key to achieving higher standards is selling more of the highly fuel-efficient vehicles, including 50 models of electric cars, now in dealer showrooms. Consumer research shows that the monthly payment is the top concern when car-shopping. So, to ensure ongoing fuel economy improvement, the wisest course of action is to keep new vehicles affordable so more consumers can replace an older car with a new vehicle that uses much less fuel-and offers more safety features.”