Skip to comments.Obama calls for cars to get almost 55 mpg (Price of autos to increase by at least $3,000)
Posted on 08/29/2012 3:50:18 AM PDT by tobyhill
The Obama administration announced fuel economy standards Tuesday that would require car makers to almost double the average gas mileage for passenger vehicles to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.
The final rules mark the latest step in a lengthy campaign by the administration to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and oil consumption and are the highest fuel efficiency standards in U.S. history.
With an eye to the looming presidential election, the White House touted the standards as a boost for middle-class consumers. "These fuel standards represent the single most important step we've ever taken to reduce our dependence on foreign oil," President Obama said.
But the Romney campaign was quick to condemn the rules as impractical and harmful. "Gov. Romney opposes the extreme standards that President Obama has imposed, which will limit the choices available to American families," campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul said.
While automobile manufacturers welcomed the new rules, auto dealers decried them. The dealers association contends that the 2025 rules would drive up the average vehicle sticker price by $3,000.
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Which, not incidentally, will pretty much kill off anything that isn’t a Volt, Prius, Leaf or similar - as these standards also apply to trucks and SUVs.
The Communist/Marxist/Kenyan Tyrant will do to cars,
what he has done to gasoline and NASA.
They are to be ONLY for the Congress and Islam.
Hey, why stop at 55? Why not go for 200mpg? If we’re gonna go for a pipe dream, let’s make it BIG!!
No, it will kill the car. Period. This is a scheme to get us out of the rural areas and cram us into new projects where we can be “supervised” better...all in his commie-fascist dreams...
just let all the air out of all the tires and you will get infinite miles per gallon!
Those kind of cars were being built in 1952.
Does anybody remember the King Midget? Or maybe the original Fiat 500? If made small enough, or light enough, with a really tiny power plant (say about twelve horsepower or so), four-wheeled vehicles CAN get mileage up in that range.
Not so good for the everyday chores of life, though. And really dreadful when it comes to merging with traffic on the Outer Loop around Washington, DC.
Did no one tell him the Volt is out of production?
No, this won’t kill the car.
The hike *after* this one will kill the car.
It’s back in production.
And even worse if you cut someone off who is driving anything larger and they can’t stop.
My Saturn is 16 years old and I haven't even spent $8,000 on gas for it. This is simply another central planning failure being implemented by Obama. Another one-size-fits-all program. More car owners will be retired and putting fewer miles on their cars (like me) and this program will simply cost them more money to drive a new car so we won't buy them.
The first car I ever ownedgot 58 miles per gallon.
It was a 24HP Volkswagon Beetle and all that I could afford. Every vehicle that I’ve owned since has gotten progressively less miles per gallon.
My current vehicle gets about 12MPG.
They mean $8,000 gas savings of gas at $10 a gallon, which is another one of their goals.
This is Obama in a nutshell.
Middle-Class Consumers know what is good for them. Given a choice between an expensive car that gets fair milage and an expensive car that gets exceptional milage, most folks will do the math and buy the car that is cheapest to run. You can run a Chevy Malibu for the rest of your life and not save enough to recover the extra money you would have to pay for a Chevy Volt. Add in the time cost of money, the cost for increased maintenance and premature obsolescence, and you never get close to getting your money back.
Middle-Class Consumers understand this and are capable of making the best choice.
As far as reducing our dependence on foreign oil, how about letting us drill our own resources? How about Keystone XL? (Canada is not really what you would call foreign...)
“The final rules mark the latest step in a lengthy campaign by the administration to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and oil consumption and are the highest fuel efficiency standards in U.S. history.”
BS. These rules are meant to kill off the middle class.
Been there... Done that...
Remember, the Chevy Volt gets 230 MPG!!1!
I agree. But yea Romney is not conservative enough so its fine to not vote.
All these whiners on here won’t even see a country they recognize if zerO get’s another four years with his scheme of letting massive amounts of thugs from below the border in our country. Think the demographics now make it hard for a conservative to win? HA! Just wait.
Then again these whiners sit on their ass and do nothing to fix things, I bet they’d love for Ozero to get another term in order to give them something to complain about.
For some reason small size doesn’t always translate to fuel efficiency, though. Take a look at a Smart Car on the road, for example, and notice how ridiculously small it is. Then realize that it isn’t even as fuel-efficient as a typical compact car like a Ford Focus or Honda Civic.
Renault 4! Problem solved.
I believe that is very true. Public transportation, public assistance, ride the bus comrade, stand in the bread line comrade....
Of course the call for something in 2025 is ridiculous. We don’t have that long...
Prediction: Few of these cars will sell and the US roadway system will look like Havana by 2035 with mostly 20+ yo cars on the road. This asshat who has never done anything in his life except live in some city and be catered to by a band of renigade fanatics has not a clue about what US life is about.
When I worked in Chile in the mid-70s, the land was full of them. The noise and smell were wonderful.
Auto makers love these rules because even though it increases their costs and limits their freedom, it protects them from competition. The only companies that will be able to compete at the 55 mpg level will be large manufacturers that have the engineering and research capabilities. The number of manufacturers will be reduced, many imports will be squeezed out (BMW, Mercedes, Land Rover, etc). They will have a captive market where they can charge whatever they want.
Of course, it won't work out that way.
Look at the Volt vs. the Chevy Malibu. The Malibu costs $23,000 and gets about 30 MPG. The Volt costs $52,000 and gets 55 MPG (I know, I know, but stick with me here...) That is an extra $29,000 a vehicle. In their dreams, the Auto Manufacturers think they are going to be able to charge $20,000 to $30,000 more per vehicle. What's not to love?
But nobody is buying the Chevy Volt. They know that if you drive 10,000 miles a year, that Volt is going to save you about $750 at the pump, and you are going to pay $250 of that back to your electric company. So at $500 a year, even without interest, it would take you 58 years to pay back the premium on the Volt. So people opt for the cheaper, less efficient alternative.
Once that alternative is legislated out of existance, they think we are going to be stuck paying the extra $29,000 for the Volt.
But people will just not do that. They will keep their old cars running forever or they will start driving trucks. But more likely still they will toss out the politicians who support such crap and eliminate the requirement.
Meanwhile, 90 miles South of Miami, it's still 1954, automotively speaking...
The 2CV is another good one, you’re right!
I used to drive an old Renault 4 all over Kenya. What a great car! Of course it would be suicide on a modern US highway, but bumping along the back roads and rutted tracks of Kenya, it was perfect. I had that thing held together with wire and shoestings, and it never let me down.
I have an ‘89 GTL, which is the same old R4 but with electronic ignition and a slightly larger motor. It’s reallly a superb car—tres pratique!
...require car makers to almost double the average gas mileage for passenger vehicles to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025...
Correction: 2012 election, not 2013.
Woke up too early this morning and too much coffee.
It’s going to force everyone to keep there cars longer. I used to buy a new vehicle every 4 years, now I keep them for 5 years. Looks like it’s going up to 6 or 7 years for me.
Don’t you love Central Planning!
Pray for America
That's a fact. All high fuel prices are attacks on rural people, family farm production, freedom of travel, and the ability to vote with your feet.
But they could be souped-up to 18 hp by hot rodders.
Guess The First Dictator will get Californians to ride that ridiculous train-to-nowhere one way or another.
Didn't Zero announce new fuel economy standards a few months ago? Someone must've figured out that some of the auto makers could actually hit that target. So the administration, predictably, moves the goal posts.
this is the replacement:
Why doesn’t he make it law that we all have to travel to work on skittle crapping unicorns?
“Stroke of the pen, law of the land.”
How did we ever come to this?
Why not 75 mpg? Or 100 mpg?
While our betters are chauffeured around in SUVs with armed security details. I'm sick of these b*st*rds!
It’s just a hidden tax. Of course they can’t make what Americans want to drive and get those mpg’s. Thus, if it doesn’t, they have a solution. Pay a gas guzzler tax. Yet another “use tax” hidden in plain sight.
Hmmm My VW bug only got about 28 mpg with the 1300 cc engine.
Did yours have a 500 cc engine or something?
There goal is to force more people to ride the bus and not own a car.
He was smoking some good weed when he got that MPG!! Maybe it was a real long downhill stretch!! LOL!!!
True, the amount of oil consumed will be reduced, because the middle class will not be able to afford to buy these cars, so people will be doing less driving.
Obama sets a good example