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Khatir Soltani
In an interview with The Detroit News, president and CEO of General Motors Dan Akerson said he was in favour of a new gas tax as part of a renewed energy policy in the United States.

He says charging between 50 cents and one dollar more at the pump would encourage consumers to turn to smaller, greener vehicles.

"People will start buying more Cruzes and they will start buying less Suburbans," he says.

He doesn’t approve of the stricter Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations that could force automakers to reach a designated fuel economy rating for their entire lineup.

Currently, several reports indicate that discussions are underway about forcing automakers to adopt fuel economy standards between 47 mpg (5 L / 100 km) and 62 mpg (3.79 L / 100 km) by 2025.

Though it hasn’t officially been submitted, the controversial program has sparked several debates and gotten the attention of the world, as it could well change the face of the automotive industry.

In the past, Bill Ford (president of Ford) and former head of GM Rick Wagoner were also in favour of the idea.

The issue is obviously out of Dan Akerson’s purview, and a hike in the gas tax must first go through political channels. Considering consumer discontent over rising oil prices, it’s highly unlikely such a measure will be adopted at this time.

Source : The Detroit News

Khatir Soltani
Khatir Soltani
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