In my last post, I talked about how the US was raising its fuel economy standards (check out the post, it’s pretty interesting).
Well, it just so happens that Japan is raising its fuel economy standards, too.
The new regulations will introduce a new CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) system, the kind of system that’s been used in the US for many decades. With CAFE, an auto manufacturer can offer both gas guzzlers and gas sippers just so long as the average fuel economy of its entire fleet for a model year meets the required average. Hence, “corporate average.”
Until now, however, Japan has had a different system. Cars were split up into 16 different weight classes, and manufacturers had to meet the requirement for each class. This was tough, since it’s much easier to meet the requirement once over a large pool of vehicles than meet it 16 different times.
In any case, manufacturers will have to achieve a figure of 20.3 km/L (47.4 mpg) by 2020 – over 24 percent higher than the actual 2009 figure of 16.3 km/L (38.3 mpg).
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By the way, the video is of this really cool roller coaster in Japan. Frankly, it has nothing to do with this post, but I thought you would like it!
The Nationwide Auto Transport Blog Team