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Trump Delays Fuel Economy Penalty Increase At Request Of Automakers

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Automakers have been facing a significant increase in fuel economy penalties in recent years, one that President Donald Trump tried to suspend back in 2019, but that decision was overturned in appeals court. The new regulation, which would have more than doubled the current fuel economy penalty for automakers that fail to meet efficiency requirements, has now been delayed by the Trump administration, according to Reuters.

Back in 2015, Congress ordered federal agencies to make adjustments to civil penalties to make them more in line with inflation, at which time the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) raised its fines from $5.50 to $14 for every 0.1 mile-per-gallon new vehicles consumed in excess of its standards. At the time, automakers said that the change would cost the industry upwards of $1 billion each year.

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Meanwhile, environmental groups urged the Trump administration to retain the new regulation, citing the fact that fuel economy penalties had only increased once since 1975, and that was a mere $0.50 back in 1997. At the time, Fiat Chrysler, which paid $77.3 million in fines in 2016 and $79 million in 2017, said that it would need to set aside $608 million as a result of the new regulation.

At the time of FCA’s announcement, the NHSTA noted that “increasing the rate is likely to lead to an increase in the price of credits,” and said, “to disregard the industry’s serious reliance interests would be unfair and improper.”

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This decision now gives automakers a little more time to prepare for the increase, as well as save the automotive industry hundreds of millions of dollars in the short term, though it’s currently unclear as to when the new fuel economy regulation will now take effect.

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Written by Brett Foote

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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      • The Lying Corrupt Cult CLOWN in the WH that Riot the US Capital killed a Cop that he has yet to Honor. He should have been REMOVED the 1st time he was Impeached by his enabler’s, we would have avoided January 6 and A 2nd Impeachment. While he COWARDLY went back to the WH and watch his supporters do his Dirty Deed, he’s nothing less than A RECKLESS RAPIST LOSERS BULLY PEROID , THE END

    • I hope that if he does it hurts you the most and the rest of you idiots who voted for the Biden Crime Family. Do you too have Chinas pecker in your mouth?

      • The Evil MAGGET N THE WH hired CORRUPT ACTING FAMILY AND FRIENDS THAT NO NOTHING ABOUT THE JOBS THEY HOLD. MONEY GRAB

        • So you want Creepy Uncle Joe’s family?…..really the Crackhead pedophile son?……..remember Creepy Uncle Joe had substantiated female co worker sex asslt complaints against him, Trumps were all hearsay. Get ready for Biden to bend over for China and things will get back to the USA being raped by China.

      • Do we really have to get on to the Trump family? He literally pardoned his children and we don’t even know what they did. If he’s so innocent then why is he the only president in US history who was impeached twice and why is he trying to pardon himself? You are a racist xenophobic person. The average Chinese person did nothing to us and are barely getting by thanks to us and US cheap companies. Let’s not even start on the things Trump has messed up on in China or really any country. Have a nice day and take your Parlor conspiracy theories with you☺️. Oh wait…😂

        • He created 450k mfg jobs, the guy before him = net loss. Record low unemployment and record middle class wages before Covid, 30K Dow not once, but twice. Dow rose more since April then it did in the other guy’s entire 8 years.

        • Who accused the average Chinese person of anything you dope? Straight from the liberal playbook: When your opposition disagrees with you, call them racist. Grow up moron.

        • Oh and please do list the things Trump messed up in China. Or other countries. Let’s have it. What’s with Parler? You mean that social media site that had zero to do with what occurred last week? That site? Your conspiracies are spread on Facebook and Twitter more than anything you twit.

  1. FCA’s in trouble. They don’t have a single electric vehicle besides a bunch of plug in hybrids. I love the HEMI engines but I’m wondering how much longer it’s going last. GM is on the better side but they definitely have a lot of vehicles with under performing fuel economy and they just started acting like they were all about the environment only about a few weeks ago. Ford is by far in the best position right now out of the “big three”. It has hybrids in all their new models, the Mach-E is by far the best looking, it’s actually working unlike GMs new electric cars, and it’s properly built unlike Teslas. If I spend more than 50k on a vehicle I expect quality which Ford has delivered. The only other electric car I like is the Rivian vehicles and I feel like when Lincoln releases their EV it’s going to be very special.

  2. Of course if you don’t agree with a liberal they call you racist. So predictable. Everyone knows that most who talk about the Chinese are referring to their government but this DB had to use that as a race baiting antic. I’ll never unify with trash like that.

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