When Uncle “Cheats,” it’s OK

by Eric Peters
Eric Peters Autos

Apparently, it’s ok for Uncle to “cheat.”

Not on emissions tests, as VW is being stoned to death for doing, but on federal fuel efficiency requirements (CAFE, in Uncle-speak).

Would you believe he is not only going to triple the “gas guzzler” fines applied to any automaker that doesn’t make the CAFE cut – the mandatory minimum “fleet average” MPG, which is currently 35.5 MPG – but also that these fines will be applied retroactively – to the 2015 and 2016 model year – as well as to future model years?

That’s two full model years before the 35.5 MPG mandatory went into effect – and tens of millions of dollars in fines, just because.

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