Fuel Efficiency Standard To Rise To 27.3 MPG In 2011

Law360, New York (March 27, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The Obama administration has announced that manufacturers of cars and light trucks will be required to raise fuel efficiency to a combined average of 27.3 miles per gallon for the 2011 model year, a 2.0 mpg increase over the 2010 model year average.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the new fuel economy standards Friday. Over the lifetimes of the 2011 model year cars, the new standards would reduce emissions by an estimated 8.3 million tons and save 887 million gallons of fuel, he said.

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