Reflecting the new paradigm that exists between Detroit and Washington, auto makers are greeting an historic 8% hike in federal fuel-economy standards for the ‘11 model year with enthusiasm rather than indignation. The increase coming for ‘11 raises the industry-wide car-truck average to 27.3 mpg (8.6 L/100 km), or 2 mpg (0.8 km/L) higher than the ‘10 model year average. “They aren’t in a position to object to anything,” says John Wolkonowicz, an analyst with IHS Global Insight in ...

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