New 54.5 mpg rule ‘will change the way this industry operates’

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 After an unexpected delay, the White House has finalized the biggest jump in the Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE, standard since the government first set mileage guidelines in 1978.

As part of a broad compromise hammered out between the auto industry, environmental groups and government regulators, the fuel economy of the typical car, truck or crossover will nearly double between now and 2025, to an average 54.5 miles per gallon. That’s a more than 50 percent jump, meanwhile, from the CAFE rules the Obama rules had previously approved for 2016.

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