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Obama administration may increase fuel economy standard to 56 mpg by 2025

Posted On Wed, July 6, 2011

The Obama administration is considering increasing the fuel economy standard for cars to 56 miles per gallon by 2025, and according to Consumer Reports, doing so would be one of the best ways to help motorists pay less at the pump.

"Improving fuel economy standards is one of the most effective ways to save consumers money," said Jim Guest, president of Consumers Union, which publishes Consumer Reports. "We believe that an aggressive standard with a long lead time for auto manufacturers will foster the development of better cars that use less gas at an affordable price."

David Champion, senior director of the magazine's auto test division, said he supports the Obama administration's stance of raising fuel economy standards but said he believes the minimum should be raised even further - to 62 mpg. Champion stated the technology exists in order to achieve this standard and that capability will become greater over the next 15 years.

In addition to saving consumers on gas, fuel-efficient vehicles may also help policyholders save on monthly payments, such as auto insurance, as some insurers offer discounted rates.

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