Consumer group raises alarm about rollback of mpg targets

WASHINGTON — The Consumer Federation of America on Monday, countering automakers’ efforts for relaxed 2025 model year fuel economy standards, it says show that the value of fuel savings from higher mpg outweighs the added cost of vehicles with fuel-saving technology. The public interest group also said 79 percent of Americans strongly support 2012 rules negotiated by the Obama administration and automakers aimed at doubling fleetwide fuel efficiency by the 2025 model year to 54.5 mpg.

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