The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Environmental Protection Agency propose a U.S. fuel-economy rule of 35.5 mpg (6.6 L 100/km) by model-year 2016, securing a compromise reached earlier this year by auto makers, environmentalists and the White House. The proposal, which still faces a 60-day comment period and must be ratified by March 31, represents the largest-ever corporate average fuel economy increase since the program’s inception in 1975 and pulls ahead by four ...

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