GM Breaks from Automaker Pack to Meet 56.2 MPG Challenge

Read the full story in GreenBiz.

On Saturday, I lamented that automakers wanted the “lowest fuel efficiency bar possible.” I am pleasantly surprised to be proven wrong by at least one automaker. According to recent reports from the Associated Press and Automotive News, General Motors has broken from the pack by saying they can “find a way” to reach 56.2 mpg.

In an AP article printed in the Washington Post, GM’s North American President stated the following:

The goal of 56.2 mpg is tough, but General Motors will figure out a way to reach it, said Mark Reuss, the company’s North American president. He would not say what technologies GM would use to reach the target, but he conceded that many easier, less-costly solutions already are under way or have been done such as switching to smaller engines and developing more fuel-efficient transmissions.

“When you put those things in for the first time, they may be more expensive,” he said. “But this is a volume and scale industry. What was very expensive in the past is no longer very expensive.”

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