The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has still yet to release a final version of its regulation that will affect automakers as we near 2025, but spokespeople for a few automakers aren’t waiting to voice their displeasure. According to a report in The Detroit News, several European and Japanese automakers have criticized the process, saying the rules will favor domestic automakers unfairly. Toyota officials even referred to the new regulations as “a second bailout for Detroit.”
David Strickland, an administrator for the NHTSA, said “clearly, when you make complex decisions, not everyone is going to be entirely happy with everything. Everybody had a fair opportunity.” The agency is still reviewing the regulations and has yet to release a final version. German and Japanese automakers believe U.S. automakers are given an unfair advantage in the light-truck segment. Last year the agency came to an agreement with most major automakers regarding the fuel rules for 2017-2025, but Volkswagen and Daimler have yet to accept the conditions. The Obama administration says the 54.5 mpg average, and other regulations involved in the agreement will cut U.S. fuel consumption by 2.2 million barrels of oil a day, roughly the amount we import from OPEC countries.
Source: The Detroit News