How Today’s Cars Can Meet Tomorrow’s Standards

This series details on a vehicle-by-vehicle basis different strategies to reduce fuel use from gasoline-powered vehicles. Using known fuel-saving strategies, manufacturers can make existing vehicle models that comply with emissions standards for 2025 while saving consumers money and dramatically reducing fuel consumption. This is true in vehicles that span all shapes and sizes, from compact sedans to pick-up trucks and SUVs.

The analysis underpinning this blog series relies upon the EPA’s peer-reviewed, full vehicle simulation model (ALPHA) and considers detailed information of the vehicle such as engine, transmission, weight, and performance characteristics in order to accurately reflect what a 2025 version of today’s vehicle could be, and how much better it could be for both consumers and the environment.

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To tackle climate change, it's clear that we can drive efficiency improvements across all types of vehicles - now is not the time to throw that progress in reverse.

Automakers Can Build Better Cars, But We Need Strong Standards to Make Them

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Let’s quit with the nonsense from lobbyists and lawyers that these standards aren’t achievable. Read more >

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2018 Chevrolet Malibu sedan parked in front of the Golden Gate Bridge
General Motors is attacking California's ability to set emissions regulations, but its Chevy Malibu is proof that GM can meet strong 2025 standards. Chevrolet

While GM Fights Stronger Standards, Its Chevy Malibu Proves It Can Meet Them

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Recently General Motors, Fiat-Chrysler, Toyota, and other automakers sided with the Trump administration to fight California’s ability to set strong emissions standards. While this fight tramples all over the Clean Air Act and state leadership, GM and others are pushing the administration to rollback the One National Program we already have so that it can be replaced with a much weaker one. The Chevy Malibu is set to be redesigned in the coming years—by 2025, the next-generation Malibu can meet the One National Program of strong vehicle efficiency standards we have today, saving hundreds of dollars for its customers in the process. Read more >

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A red 2020 Ford Ecosport Titanium driving over bridge in urban setting
Ford's entry level crossover isn't living up yet to its "eco" name, but by 2025 it could be. Ford Media Center

How Ford Can Use Global Innovation to Put the “Eco” into its Entry-Level Vehicle, the Ecosport

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Ford, unfortunately, is abandoning the car market, with the 2020 model year marking the final year of its lone sedan offering, the Fusion, and the Fiesta not even getting a 2020 model year. This makes its subcompact crossover, the Ecosport, the company’s lowest-priced offering. Unfortunately, any cost-conscious consumer interested in a low base price and high fuel economy will have to look elsewhere thanks to the Ecosport’s thirsty 25-28 mpg. While the current Ecosport is anything but economical at the pump, Ford has an opportunity to green up its cheapest vehicle for 2025 and save its customers a few greenbacks in the process. Read more >

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2019 Blue Toyota Tacoma Sport in sand dune
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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How the Honda CR-V Can Get Back on Top in 2025

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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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