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Lookup your 2004 car's fuel efficiency!

Check this list to see which 2004 vehicles scored highest and lowest in the annual "Green Book" by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The "Green Score" is based on estimates of health and global-warming costs attributed to each vehicle, with 100 being the best possible score.
Engine type
Emissions Standard
City Mileage
Hwy Mileage
Green Score
1. Certain other transmission and emission standard configurations of these models score nearly as well.
2. Compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle fuel economy given in gasoline-equivalent miles per gallon.
3. "Auto stk" designates manually adjustable automatic transmissions.

SOURCE: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

"Current miles per gallon standards [CAFE Standards] require 20.7 mpg for SUVs and other light trucks, and 27.5 mpg for cars. Closing the "light truck loophole", or raising the miles per gallon standards for SUVs and light trucks to the same level as cars, would save American consumers $27 billion at the gas pump and save over one million barrels of oil a day", Daniel Becker, Director of Sierra Club's Global Warming and Energy Team

April 28 - Oil in troubled waters - The Economist

"THE time when we could count on cheap oil and even cheaper natural gas is clearly ending." That was the gloomy forecast delivered in February by Dave O'Reilly, the chairman of Chevron Texaco, to hundreds of oilmen gathered for a conference in Houston. The following month, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez gleefully echoed the sentiment: "The world should forget about cheap oil." April - The Long Emergency - Rolling Stone Magazine
What's going to happen as we start running out of cheap gas to guzzle? The few Americans who are even aware that there is a gathering global-energy predicament usually misunderstand the core of the argument. That argument states that we don't have to run out of oil to start having severe problems with industrial civilization and its dependent systems. We only have to slip over the all-time production peak and begin a slide down the arc of steady depletion.

March 16 - Conserving Gas, And Your Money - CBS News
Gas prices are making headlines and making dents in pocketbooks across the U.S., and the summer driving season looms just down the road. So this is as good a time as any to start heeding fuel conservation tips. 1. If you own more than one car, especially if one of your vehicles is a less fuel-efficient truck, SUV or van, use the more energy-conserving vehicle as often as possible. ...

March 4 - Gas prices seen hitting record high this year - MSNBC.com
The average pump price for self-serve gas is currently $1.92 a gallon, about 13 cents below the all-time record hit last May, and 22 cents higher than a year ago, according to the American Automobile Association. Furthermore, oil prices are at their highest level in months and still rising. The head of the Organization for Petroleum Exporting Countries has said crude could get as high as $80 per barrel, up from about $54 currently.

January 11 - That '70s auto show: Fuel economy is back - Christian Science Monitor
Eight years after Toyota launched the first hybrid car in Japan, it's traditional Detroit automakers who are trumpeting their hybrid plans and technology in nearly every presentation.

December 8 - Bipartisan Commission Issues Strategy to Address Long-Term U.S. Energy Challenges - PR Newswire
To enhance U.S. oil security, the Commission recommends:
* Significantly strengthening federal fuel economy standards beginning no later than 2010 for cars and light trucks, giving due consideration to vehicle performance, safety, job impacts and competitiveness concerns.
* Reforming the 30-year-old Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) program to allow more flexibility and limit compliance costs.
* Providing $3 billion over ten years in manufacturer and consumer incentives to encourage domestic production and boost sales of efficient hybrid and advanced diesel vehicles.
* Developing non-petroleum transportation fuel alternatives, particularly ethanol and clean bio-diesel from waste products and biomass.

November 12 - Oil wells in Alaska reserve get final OK - MSNBC.com
Environmentalists have criticized the plan to develop these Alpine satellite fields as a rollback of environmental protections promised during the Clinton administration.

October 14 - Why high oil prices haven't cut demand - MSNBC.com
On top of the list of things that are ripe for efficiency gains is the automobile, which makes up the biggest single category of energy use in the United States. Gasoline mileage standards, first mandated by Congress in 1975, did raise the efficiency of cars. But those gains were largely wiped out by the surging popularity of light trucks and SUVs in the 1990s — a trend driven in large part by the higher profit margins these vehicles offer car manufacturers. “Powertrains got a third more efficient since 1981,” he said. “But only 1 percent of that gain was captured in the fuel saving. The rest of that was performance.”

September 23 - BMW Unveils World's Fastest Hydrogen-Powered Car - Reuters
Unlike most hydrogen-powered vehicles, the H2R doesn't operate on a fuel cell but rather uses a modified 6-litre, 12-cylinder combustion engine for its propulsion that essentially emits nothing but steam.

September 23 - Can technology help find oil fast enough? - MSNBC.com
But there’s more than oil company profits at stake. With oil prices hitting new highs, proponents of so-called “peak oil” argue that the world may be approaching the point where production can’t keep up with demand. And innovations, like 3D, are at the center of a debate over whether technology can help replace the world’s known oil supplies before they are depleted.
Some of the leading proponents of this camp, including Princeton University geology professor Kenneth Deffeyes, believe that roughly half of the world’s available supply of oil has been produced. As a result, he predicts that global production will peak sometime around Thanksgiving of next year. The resulting supply squeeze would send oil prices soaring.

September 22 - How long will the world's oil last? - MSNBC.com
This year, global demand for oil — currently at more than 80 million barrels per day and climbing — has come closer than ever to exceeding the world’s known production capacity. Disruptions in oil supply — due to wars or market forces like OPEC embargoes — are nothing new. But with producers pumping as fast as they can, there is little cushion for temporary supply interruptions or heightened demand from industrializing countries like China and India.

September 11 - The Gas Miser - Newsweek
The new Prius appears to be moving rapidly out of its green niche. Sales in the United States shot up by 153 percent in the first half of this year, by a whopping 874 percent in Europe; in Japan they increased tenfold. According to Esmond, once skeptical rivals are now jumping on the bandwagon. "I don't want to say they're scrambling, but they are trying to quickly put together their own hybrids," he says.

August 19 - Seven reasons why rising oil prices are a very good thing - Globe and Mail, Canada
Oil prices hit another record yesterday -- $47.27 (U.S.) a barrel. Rejoice. Here are a few reasons why rising prices are a good thing...

June - The End of Cheap Oil - National Geographic
Slaking the world's oil thirst is harder than it used to be. The old sources can't be counted on anymore. On land the lower 48 states of the U.S. are tapped out, producing less than half the oil they did at their peak in 1970. Production from the North Slope of Alaska and the North Sea of Europe, burgeoning oil regions 20 years ago, is in decline. Unrest in Venezuela and Nigeria threatens the flow of oil. The Middle East remains the mother lode of crude, but war and instability underscore the perils of depending on that region.

June 01 - Why Gas Prices Are Too Low - Washington Post
The people who make America's gas guzzlers know exactly what would force the country to deal with the energy crunch: higher gasoline taxes. A recent article by Danny Hakim in the New York Times had some astonishing quotes from auto executives. Ford chief executive William Clay Ford Jr. explained: "Every place else we operate, fuel prices are very high relative to here and customers get used to it, but they get used to it by having a smaller vehicle, a more efficient vehicle." GM's chief executive, Rick Wagoner, agreed: "If you want people to consume something less, the simplest thing to do is price it more dearly."

June 01 - EPA weighs new fuel ratings - Detroit News
Since the EPA last adjusted the formula for estimating vehicle fuel economy in 1984, highway speed limits have been raised and urban sprawl has created longer, more congested commutes. Environmental groups argue that the actual fuel economy for today’s vehicles can be as much as 34 percent lower than the city and highway ratings posted on the windows of new cars and trucks.

May 27 - US must tighten car fuel efficiency standards - group - Forbes
U.S. drivers would save millions of dollars in gasoline costs this Memorial Day weekend if the federal government had required stricter fuel efficiency for minivans, sport utility vehicles (SUV) and regular cars, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) said.

May 19 - Gas addicts, unite! - CNN.com
Just now we are getting the first signs that the appetite for huge, honkin' SUVs ... I'm talking the big boys here ... is beginning to ebb. Sales were off 15 percent in April, according to Autodata.

May 7 - Full-size SUV sales hit potholes; smaller versions zoom - USA Today
Sales of full-size sport-utility vehicles tumbled last month, and sales of some smaller, more fuel-efficient SUVs boomed in what could be a sign that higher fuel prices are hurting automakers' high-profit models.

April 10 - World may be nearing end of oil age - Daily Camera
Rather, under the scenario many experts lay out, the key moment will be when oil production can no longer keep pace with demand. When that happens, prices will rise — maybe sharply, maybe gradually — and they will keep rising until demand eventually drops.
Forecasts for when the peak will arrive vary, with some experts predicting it will occur this decade — Deffeyes says Thanksgiving Day 2005, give or take a month — and others point to about 2012. The International Energy Agency, which was created by industrial countries after the 1973 oil crisis, places the peak of oil production somewhere between 2010 and 2020.

March 24 - U.S. EPA may revise vehicle fuel economy tests - Forbes
The "city" and "highway" fuel economy values that the EPA relays to the public, on the window stickers prominently displayed on vehicles in automotive showrooms, significantly overstate the miles per gallon that American drivers are actually getting on the road.

March 17 - Fuel standards a rough road for auto makers - The Globe and Mail - Canada
Ottawa wants auto makers to redesign cars, trucks, minivans and sport utility vehicles so that by 2010, the vehicles in each company's fleet burn 25 per cent less gasoline than they did at the beginning of the decade.

March 13 - As Gas Prices Soar, St. Petersburg, Fla., Drivers Eye Hybrid-Powered Cars - Miami Hearald
With gas prices ticking upward, more consumers are turning toward hybrid cars such as the Civic, the Honda Insight and the Toyota Prius, which combine gasoline engines with battery-powered electric motors.

February 17 - A Shade of Green: S.U.V.'s Try to Soften Their Image - New York Times
This year, Ford and Toyota plan to sell the first two hybrid sport utility vehicles. With carlike mileage expected, the advent of the hybrid S.U.V. may change the uniformly visceral antipathy to sport utility vehicles among environmental advocates, even if automakers are unlikely to sell enough hybrids to significantly reduce fuel consumption or pollution any time soon.

February 10 - Ranking shows greenest, meanest cars - MSNBC.com
An annual ranking of the "greenest" and "meanest" cars sold in the United States found that no American vehicles got the best grades -- those all went to Japanese carmakers. The worst score, meanwhile, went to a newcomer on the list: the diesel version of VW's Touareg SUV.

January 14 - Subaru car is becoming a 'truck' to sidestep U.S. fuel rules - International Herald Tribune
Subaru's strategy highlights what environmentalists, consumer groups and some politicians say is a loophole in the fuel economy regulations that has undermined the government's ability to cut gas consumption. The average fuel economy for new vehicles is lower now than it was two decades ago, despite advances in fuel-saving technology.

January 7 - Presidential candidates on the issues: Fuel efficiency - Environmental News Network
Question: Fuel Efficiency: What increases, if any, do you favor in the requirement that automakers produce cars with a fleet average of 27.5 miles per gallon and SUVs, pickups, and passenger vans averaging 20.7 mpg?

January 6 - Automakers Unveil Plans for More Hybrid Models - New York Times
The number of fuel-efficient hybrid models available in the United States will more than double in the next year, to seven from three, with new entries coming from Toyota, Honda and Ford Motor.

January 5 - Honda Plans Gas-Electric Accord - Atlanta Journal
The V-6 engine on the new Accord version will provide fuel economy similar to a four-cylinder Civic, president and chief executive Takeo Fukui said Monday. Honda already sells two other hybrids, the Insight and the Civic Hybrid.

January 5 - 2004: Year of the Green Machine - Wired News
The sales of fuel-efficient, gas-electric vehicles are expected to more than double next year, surpassing 100,000 worldwide, as Detroit finally hops on board. According to market-analysis firm J.D. Power and Associates, approximately 40,000 hybrid vehicles will have been sold in 2003, about half coming from Honda's Insight and Civic, and the remaining sales from the Toyota Prius.

December 24 - Government to Reconsider Motor Fuel Efficiency Rules - Washington Post
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said yesterday that it will look at several changes to fuel economy regulations that have become outdated. Current policy, known as corporate average fuel economy or CAFE, was drawn up in the 1970s and bears "little resemblance to today's motor vehicle market or the current and emerging vehicle fleet," the agency wrote in a notice of proposed rulemaking.

October 25 - The end of the Oil Age: Ways to break the tyranny of oil are coming into view. Governments need to promote them - The Economist
“THE Stone Age did not end for lack of stone, and the Oil Age will end long before the world runs out of oil.” This intriguing prediction is often heard in energy circles these days. If greens were the only people to be expressing such thoughts, the notion might be dismissed as Utopian. However, the quotation is from Sheikh Zaki Yamani, a Saudi Arabian who served as his country's oil minister three decades ago. His words are rich in irony. Sheikh Yamani first came to the world's attention during the Arab oil embargo of the United States, which began three decades ago this week and whose effects altered the course of modern economic and political history. Coming from such a source, the prediction, one assumes, can hardly be a case of wishful thinking.

October 21 - Toyota Announces EPA Fuel Economy Estimates for New Prius - Canadian Auto Press
The EPA just confirmed official fuel economy estimates for the 2004 Prius, stating that its fuel economy rating is 3.9 L/100 km (60 mpg) in the city and 4.6 L/100 km (51 mpg) on the highway, with a combined city/highway rating of 4.3 L/100 km (55 mpg).
Not only is this an impressive number for any car, its solid improvement over the previous edition Prius' combined fuel economy rating of 4.9 L/100 km (48 mpg) is amazing, especially considering the new models growth in overall size and enhanced performance.

October 13 - In oil we trust? Russian islanders have mixed feelings - MSNBC.com
Billions of dollars worth of Western projects provide jobs but also create eco-fears

October 10 - Half full, or half empty? - Daily Telegraph, London
Oil supply security was at the heart of a speech given by Tom Gross, board member of the US Department of Energy (DOE). "The US accounts for 25 per cent of oil use in the world," he said in front of an audience of 400 journalists, "yet it has just 2·2 per cent of its reserves. Transportation accounts for two thirds of US oil use and is 95 per cent dependent on oil. At present there is a 10 to 11 million barrel-a-day gap between America's use and production of oil and it's set to grow."

September 2 - Much-maligned SUV polarizes Tucsonans - Arizona Daily Star
Love 'em or hate 'em, the proliferation of larger and larger vehicles - Hummers come to mind - is having an impact on our roads, from how much gas we use to how safe our highways are.

August 31 - Guzzling gas on getting thrifty? - New Hampshire
A fill-up at the local service station is exceeding $20 even for small passenger cars these days, and prices around $1.80 per gallon are causing some drivers to think about cheaper wheels.

July 30 - Plan to Toughen Fuel-Mileage Rules Thwarted - LA Times
Democrats from automobile-making states and Republicans wary of government regulation blocked a Senate proposal Tuesday to toughen fuel-mileage standards for motor vehicles, virtually ensuring the provision will be left out of any new energy bill.
"How can you have a serious energy bill and not ... address the fuel efficiency of vehicles?" asked Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.).

June 4 - A Green World by the Numbers - Fortune magazine
If SUVs complied with the same fuel-economy standards as ordinary cars, the U.S. would save one million barrels of oil a day, more than the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge could produce at peak volume. - from the New York Times

May 21 - FedEx Delivery Trucks Go Green - NY Times
The FedEx Corporation announced today that it planned to replace 30,000 of its delivery trucks with energy-saving, environmentally friendly hybrid-powered vehicles.

May 9 - Campaign Slams U.S. Automakers For Gas Guzzlers - Environment News Service
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Detroit Project say U.S. automakers and their political allies are determined to fight off any fuel economy increases, even though the technology exists to raise the fuel efficiency of cars and sport utility vehicles to 40 miles per gallon (mpg).

May 7 - Hummer is bummer on new-car quality list - Seattle Times
Hummer earned the lowest score among vehicle brands in Power's annual initial-quality study of new vehicles and dragged General Motors' score below average.

April 27 - Bigger, heavier, thirstier - Boulder Daily Camera
Emphasis on environmental and safety shortcomings of SUVs finds little traction locally Boulder County in the slow lane as debate over SUV shortcomings picks up speed.

April 23 - Owner's cost more than just the payment - LA Times
According to the study, in 2003 it will cost you 55.3 cents a mile for a compact car, 62.1 cents for a mid-size car and 75.2 cents for a full-size 2003. That's up from 53.4 cents, 60 cents and 73.6 cents, respectively.

ToroTrak.com - check out this new technology - the Infinitely Variable Transmission (IVT), which could save lots of fuel...

March 12 - Energy Prices Boost Arctic Drilling Plan - ABC News
Senate Republicans said Tuesday they fully anticipate a provision on developing oil in the refuge, known as ANWR, to be included as part of a budget measure to be take up by the full Senate next week. "Dick Cheney has been working madly to secure the 50th (vote)," said an e-mail sent to GOP offices.

Feb. 17 - Living Without Oil - US News
As war looms, the search for new energy alternatives is all the more urgent.

Jan. 28 - SUVs: Dangerous gas hogs, or safe for the family? (MSNBC - video)

July 18, 2001 - Gas-Guzzling Americans Irk Europeans
President Bush was held in a particular scorn by nearly every European we met in a recent vacation to Switzerland and Germany. His pulling out of the Kyoto accords on global warming was viewed as an arrogant declaration of who owns the White House. As the British hiker put it, 'You are the United States of Oil.'

Jan. 6 - GM to Produce Hybrid SUVs - LA Times
General Motors Corp. will announce today plans to begin producing as many as 1 million gas-electric hybrid cars and trucks a year — a challenge to the leadership role that Japanese carmakers have held in the race to bring such technology to the marketplace. Jan. 3 - Report: Hybrids Can Revolutionize Roads with 60 MPG Cars and Trucks (But Automakers Can't Skimp on Technology) - Union of Concerned Scientists
"The hybrid revolution is underway," said report author David Friedman, an engineer and Senior Analyst at UCS. "More than 50,000 Americans drive hybrid cars. But if hybrid vehicles are going to deliver their full promise, automakers must make wise choices as they apply both conventional and hybrid technology in their vehicles."

Dec. 13 - DOT [barely] tightening SUV fuel rules - CNN.com
The final rule proposed by NHTSA requires manufacturers to increase the fuel efficiency of light trucks and sports utility vehicles by a total of 1.5 miles per gallon by model year 2007. [That's ALL!!]

Dec. 8 - Japan's automakers zip ahead on fuel-cell cars - San Francisco Chronicle
Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham stood before leaders of the U.S. auto industry recently and declared that they must commit themselves to a future of low-polluting hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles.

Nov. 18 - State Could Face Gasoline Price Hikes
California consumers could see gasoline prices shoot as high as $4 a gallon next year if a U.S.-led war on Iraq disrupts the flow of Middle East oil at the same time the state introduces a new environmental regulation that is likely to create supply problems, some energy experts warn.

Nov. 17 - A Diesel-Powered Intrusion
"It's a dead end," said Dan Lashof of the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington. "We're all for any technology that makes for cleaner air," he added, but he said other technologies -- particularly gas-electric hybrid cars like Toyota's Prius, which has sold 100,000 worldwide -- offer both low CO2 and low emissions of other pollutants, plus mileage as good as a diesel.

Oct. 30 - New cars headed in reverse on fuel usage - Only 3.5 percent of next year's models hit 30 mpg threshold
America's automobiles are headed in the wrong direction -- at least when it comes to fuel efficiency, according to new data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Oct. 30 - 2003 Cars Show Low [Poor] Fuel Economy
Average fuel economy for the galaxy of shiny new 2003 model cars and trucks headed for showrooms is 20.8 miles per gallon, about 6 percent below the high point for passenger vehicle fuel economy set 15 years ago.

Oct. 22 - This Is Oil -- This Is a No-Brainer on Oil
Help win the war on terrorism: Drive smaller cars...

Oct. 14 - OPEC Has A Brand-New Groove
"If oil prices careen from the teens to the 30s and back, the chief victims won't be SUV drivers in the U.S.-who, however much they might complain, can easily afford $2-a-gallon gas. The people who will really suffer will be poor oil consumers around the world-and the citizens of the OPEC countries."

Oct. 9 - New clean, quiet cars guzzle hydrogen
They don't use gasoline or electricity, but these new Honda and Mercedes-Benz cars can whiz by at speeds up to 93 mph.

Sept. 16 - The Truth About Oil Security
The Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards helped bring sharp improvements in gas mileage in the late 1970s and early 1980s. But in recent years the rise of the SUV, brought on in part by CAFE's laxer fuel standards for "light trucks," has actually been bringing overall fuel economy down.

The Fuel Economy Guide for model years 1985 through 2001
Lookup gas mileage (MPG), greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution ratings, and safety information for new and used cars and trucks

Sept. 3 - Japanese Car Makers to Team Up on Hybrids
Significantly boosting the commercial viability of environmentally friendly cars, two of Japan's largest auto makers said Monday that they would collaborate in producing hybrid vehicles for the U.S. market.

July 26 - Top 10 Fuel Misers
Although this list consists of vehicles that are currently for sale, the hybrid market is heating up, with a number of new vehicles coming to market within the next year. The Ford Escape HEV wiill be the first hybrid sport utility in the U.S. when it goes on sale in 2003. Honda's Civic Hybrid goes on sale in spring 2002 and should easily make this list next year.

June, 2000 - Firoz Rasul's Power Trip - read about our best hope for ending our dependence on foreign oil - hydrogen technology.

April 18 - Senate Rejects Arctic Oil Drilling
Energy: An attempt to gain votes by funneling money from future Arctic refuge oil leases to help steelworkers and coal miners was rejected 64-36.

April 2 - Crude Oil Hits 6-Month High
Mideast violence pushes futures prices up 8% in a week. Analysts see little relief at the pump.

Mar. 17 - Dump Destructive Energy Plan: Send a petition to your Senator!

Mar. 13 - Senate Rejects Huge Hike in Vehicle Fuel Standards
Faced with the lobbying muscle of the U.S. auto industry, the Senate rejected a 50 percent boost in fuel efficiency standards for gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles. Lawmakers also agreed to exempt pickup trucks from any future increases in vehicle fuel requirements.

Jan. 9 - Bush shifts car fuel focus

Administration to back fuel cells, ditch $1.5B efficient vehicle program.

Detroit fattens up new herd of SUVs
With tensions rising in the Middle East, experts are wringing their hands about America’s continuing dependence on foreign oil. Is this any time to prepare a new fleet of gas-guzzlers?

Report Says Good Things Will Come From Renewable Fuels Standard
A boost for energy security, the economy, farming, and the environment! Finally, it looks like congress is going to take some positive steps towards renewable fuels for cars!

America's showdown on gas mileage
Will SUV-makers improve gas efficiency themselves... or be forced to? SUV Fuel Efficiency Down - EPA Releases Latest Gas Mileage Data
Average fuel economy for 358 models or variations of SUVs, vans and pickup trucks was just over 18 mpg, compared with 23.6 mpg for nearly 500 cars on the EPA list.



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Ford drops plans for hybrid Explorer
Ford Motor Co. has killed plans to use a form of hybrid power on the Explorer sport-utility vehicle, an effort that had been designed to sharply improve fuel efficiency.

Honda Unveils New Hybrid Vehicle
Five passengers, advanced, lean burning, 1.3-liter engine... More than 69 miles per gallon.

The SUV-Terrorism Connection
"Get SUVs off the road, and you could cut out Saudi Arabian imports," Paaswell says. "Looking at energy is the most patriotic thing we can do. We need to see energy in a totally different sense."

Ford to Develop Fuel Saving Technology - UPDATED: Ford drops plans for hybrid Explorer
Ford Motor Company, under a first-of-its-kind cooperative agreement, will be working to develop a hybrid, high-efficiency vehicle that uses hydraulic fluid for energy storage and propulsion...

Revamped Website Offers More Information on Fuel Economy
www.fueleconomy.gov - revamped to give the most up to date information about your car's fuel economy!

Days of Gas-Guzzlers Numbered: CAFE Vote Shows Momentum
160 House members bucked the Bush Administration, auto and oil industries, and others to vote to raise Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards in the first floor vote on the issue in 25 years. The vote showed unprecedented momentum for increasing the fuel economy of SUV's and other light trucks. Unfortunately, the House Republican leadership and some key Democrats rejected this opportunity to safely protect the environment and save consumers money...

Automakers Could Boost Fuel Mileage - Panel
U.S. automakers could increase the fuel efficiency of gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles, pickup trucks and cars by 16 to 47 percent over the next 10 to 15 years, a National Academy of Sciences report said on Monday.

Environmentalists Hail Fuel Economy Report
A long-awaited federal study of U.S. automotive fuel economy standards supports calls for better mileage in passenger cars and trucks.

Lawmaker: Better SUV Fuel Standards May Be Needed
Even Republican politicians are coming around to the belief that SUVs need higher fuel efficiency standards, citing the need to counteract consumer preferences for low efficiency vehicles (SUVs)...

"High income shields SUV drivers from gas-price pain", Seattle Times
An enlightening article on how much SUV owners really pay for their "light truck" when considering their gasoline payments.

Are HIgher Fuel Prices Affecting Future SUV Consideration?, AutoPacific, Inc.
A study showing how higher fuel prices are still not affecting SUV buying trends.

Effort to toughen SUV fuel standards faces many roadblocks, detnews.com
An excellent article showing the obstacles to regulating fuel efficiency for SUVs. Includes a nice history of the current problem.

New York Senator Schumer Calls For Increased Fuel Efficiency For SUVs
US Senator Charles E. Schumer today called for increased fuel efficiency for sport utility vehicles (SUVs), saying that increasing their gas mileage would save individual Central New York SUV owners $306 on annual gas expenditures. By simply reclassifying SUVs and minivans from trucks to cars for fuel efficiency purposes, Schumer said Americans could save 120 million barrels of oil each year. That is close to the 134 million barrels New York State drivers burned in 1998.

Polk Study Shows SUV Sales Strong Despite Rising Fuel Costs, Polk Automotive Intelligence
An interesting article with lots of facts about SUV fuel efficiency (about eight miles per gallon less for light trucks than the average car - 20.3 vs. 28.1 in 1999), SUV market share, and SUV buyers lack of concern for fuel efficiency as compared to other car buyers.

Automobile and Light Truck Fuel Economy: Is CAFE Up to Standards?, Congressional Research Service Issue Brief
Background on the "corporate average fuel economy (CAFE)" standards, and how they have been marginalized in recent years to become ineffective in controlling the environmental impact of SUVs through their higher emmissions and lower fuel efficiency.

Engine, Transmission Technologies Lead Ford SUV Fuel Gains, Ford Motor Company
Ford has recognized the problem with both emissions and fuel efficiency, and is making a half-hearted attempt at doing something about it... more than most manufacturers.