An important bloc of import-brand automakers is telling Congress that the companies can accept a fuel economy standard of 35 mpg.More time? By then we'll need a 40 mpg standard.
But the automakers continue to ask for more time to meet the higher standard than congressional Democratic leaders envision.
It's very clear that automakers don't want to increase fuel economy, so the government is going to have to put its foot down and make it mandatory. The same with seat belts and sweet, sweet Corinthian leather.