The number of ’03 cars subject to the “gas guzzler tax” is nearly 24% greater than in ’02, says the Environmental Protection Agency’s new fuel economy guide. This trend highlights an average fuel economy in freefall, despite mounting pressure for auto makers to build vehicles that are more fuel-efficient. Of the 488 rated car models – light trucks are exempted from the guzzler classification – 35 are subject to the tax. Factoring in derivatives – minus a limousine and ...

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