Now that the current administration effectively “owns” two of the Big Three, it didn’t take long for the powers-that-be to put their stamp on fuel efficiency. You can read the details here, but the long and short of it is that the car and light truck fleet in this country will have to average 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016 (instead of 2020 as proposed by the Bush administration), with experts estimating (on the low side, perhaps?) the mileage increase will result in a $1,300 increase to the price of every car and truck. Cars alone will have to average more than 42 mpg, and as we’ve mentioned in this space before you can find exactly three cars on the market today that do so: the Honda Civic Hybrid, the Honda Insight Hybrid and the Toyota Prius Hybrid! Guess we’ll all be driving compacts in 10 years.
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