AUTOMOTIVE INSIGHT: CAFE and CO2 Fines are set to Increase

August 29th, 2008 at 9:00am

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To make sure the car companies get the message to boost fuel economy, the government is putting more teeth in its regulations.

Any automaker that does not meet the fuel economy regulations has to pay a fine. In fact, they have to pay $5.50 for every tenth of a mile per gallon that they miss the standard by, and they have to multiply that times their total production.

But some companies, like BMW, Porsche and Mercedes just happily pay the fines and go on with their business. So now NHTSA wants to nearly double that penalty to $10 for every tenth of a mile per gallon.

Then there’s the EPA’s upcoming CO2 regulations that are part of the Clean Air Act. Now with that there are no fines. If a car company doesn’t meet that standard they’re liable to criminal penalties. And this is why you will soon be hearing the big European car companies complaining why they can’t meet the new U.S. regulations.

5 Comments to “AUTOMOTIVE INSIGHT: CAFE and CO2 Fines are set to Increase”

  1. John Says:

    Let us get this discussion out of the tar pits.

    Mileage and emmisions will become a thing of the past when we move to CNG.

    The real story is the hidden agenda(s) to block cng in the US and to keep the US drivers(consumers) in the dark.

    The recession we are entering is a direct result of manupliated oil prices.

    Are there problems to overcome? Yes

    Are these problems bigger than a massive global recession? No.


  2. John Says:


    That should have been:

  3. Tom Martin Says:

    CNG also creates CO2, but my main fear is that if vehciles begin using CNG, home heating costs will significantly rise. Look at what E10 is doing to food prices.

    I still believe that a fine of $10/mpg is still a small fine. If BMW or Porshe miss their target by 2 mpg, that would only be a fine of $100. That’s no big deal for a $50K car.

  4. John Says:

    So, homes that use Natural Gas are immune to the global demand for energy. Ask anybody that uses Oil to heat their home about “home heating costs”.

    It will take a plan with a big picture. We should be using Nuclear to create electric power to heat homes and power small vehicles.

    But while the U.S. untangles this “special interest MESS” there is a need for an energy bridge to buy us time to develop battery technology, electrical transmission technology, build more nuclear power plants, build wind farms, build solar farms, etc.

    If special interests continue to screw up the U.S. energy future, there won’t be an economy.

    The U.S. consumer is on the ropes and they are 70% of the U.S. Economy. Anyone that can’t see that is dishonest or a total moron.

    Fines to try to manupulate energy use is a waste of time. The Tail will NOT wag the Dog. Get Real.

    NHTSA should be put under a microscope to see why Chevrolet can sell CNG vehicles outside the U.S. and NOT INSIDE THE U.S.

    Here is some info about the Chevrolet Optra Magnum CNG:

    Optra Magnum CNG
    The Optra Magnum is now available in CNG versions for both Optra Magnum and Optra Magnum Estate! Originally fitted from factory, safety is never compromised with Chevrolet’s world-class safety standard. Coupled with 3-year or 100,000km manufacturer warranty (whichever occurs first), you can be assured of a total peace of mind.

    More information is avaliable at:

    If anybody has not noticed the current incremental approach to energy and emissions dictated by special interests in the U.S. is not working and adding $5000 to the price of a Porsche won’t fix it.

  5. John Says:

    Here is the official Chevrolet page for the Optra Magnum CNG if anybody wants to start the examination of NHTSA.