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Toyota Tacoma customers may like to get their trucks dirty, but by 2025 a brand new Toyota Tacoma could run a whole lot cleaner. Toyota

Toyota Tacoma Suffering from Neglect, Gets Pick-me-up for 2025

, senior vehicles analyst

The Toyota Tacoma is the best-selling midsize pick-up in the country, and its assembly facility in San Antonio has been churning around the clock to push the vehicle to record sales earlier this year. However, new entrants to the midsize pick-up from Ford (the new Ranger) and Fiat-Chrysler (Jeep Gladiator) are going to up the pressure on Toyota to finally make some serious improvements to the vehicle, as the latest numbers show. Read more >

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Trump Administration Just Can’t Stop Lying About Vehicle Standards

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Today, Secretary Elaine Chao (Department of Transportation) and Administrator Andrew Wheeler (EPA) officially released their attack on California’s Advanced Clean Car standards, which reduce global warming emissions and tailpipe pollution from new cars and require manufacturers to sell a minimum number of electric vehicles in the state. 13 other states and the District of Columbia have signed on to this program, but the Trump administration is now revoking California’s waiver to administer this program.

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How the Honda CR-V Can Get Back on Top in 2025

, senior vehicles analyst

Utility vehicles are all the rage these days, outselling cars nearly 2:1. So it only makes sense in our second blog in a series on how automakers can meet the 2025 standards to focus on one of the best-selling utility vehicles on the market, the Honda CR-V. While this year its sales have dipped slightly below its Toyota rival, the next generation Honda CR-V could put one of the most long-running utility vehicle nameplates back on top, in both fuel economy AND sales.

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The next generation of the sporty Jetta GLI and its traditional Jetta counterpart could see a nearly 25 percent reduction in global warming emissions, meeting the 2025 standards and saving consumers thousands of dollars in fuel. Photo: VW

Today’s Vehicles, Tomorrow: How Automakers Can Meet Strong 2025 Efficiency Standards

, senior vehicles analyst

Four years ago, we noted that auto manufacturers were well on their way to meeting the 2025 vehicle efficiency standards set under the previous administration, with a number of vehicles  overachieving on their targets. Since then, manufacturers have squandered that head start and pushed for a rollback of the standards. This is the first post in a blog series on how manufacturers can, and should, get back on track.

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The administration considered a number of alternatives in its proposed rulemaking, though none would yield even half the benefits of the current standards. Proposals from automaker trade groups, it turns out, were not any better. Honda’s proposal represents the highwater mark for the industry, though it, too, falls well short of the current standards.

Congress Is Pushing Back on the Trump Fuel Economy Rollback. Why Aren’t Auto Companies?

, senior vehicles analyst

On Thursday, two House Energy and Commerce subcommittees are holding a joint hearing examining the Trump administration’s rollback of fuel efficiency and emissions standards for passenger cars and trucks. The witnesses include the regulators moving forward with this disastrous plan and at least one of the key state regulators opposing it, but one voice likely to be missing from the hearing will be the auto manufacturers themselves, who set this rollback in motion by requesting the President undo the rules in the first place.

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