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Car Economy

In order to keep average fuel economy standards in line, automakers have been forced to produce more smaller cars than there is demand for in order to be able to produce the larger ones that customers really want, he said.

While automakers have doubled the average fuel efficiency of vehicles on the road since CAFE was implemented in 1975, there are now three times as many vehicles on the road and they are driving four times as many miles, he said. And the US now imports 68 per cent of its oil, up from 28 per cent in 1975.