Jon Shafer· Bimmerfest Founder
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Please cross-post this message to any forum you don't see it
in already. If you are a strong supporter of BMW products you should all call your Senators...
The future of our beloved products are at stake!
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Original Author - Thomas O. McGurn
General Manager, Retail & Industry Relations
Retail & Industry Relations
BMW strongly supports the industry-wide effort to defeat the Kerry-Hollings bill that will be considered by the United States Senate next week. The bill requires each manufacturer to achieve a Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard of 35 miles per gallon for their combined passenger cars and light truck fleet. The industry has said this is an unrealistic standard. BMW cannot meet the standard and still provide the type of products our customers want. The fines the company would face for not meeting the standard would increase retail prices and cost of sales significantly while eroding dealership profitability. BMW consistently employs the best available technology to improve fuel efficiency. Between 1990 and today, BMW has increased the fuel economy of each and every model between 10 and 20% while maintaining desirable customer attributes such as performance, size and comfort. The Kerry-Hollings bill would effectively prevent BMW from building products that our customers want. BMW supports the industry position that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) should use existing regulatory authority to set fuel efficiency standards. NHTSA is required to consider factors such as technical feasibility, consumer choice, safety, jobs, and vehicle use when determining standards. Kerry-Hollings does not. It is critical that you call your United States Senators today and urge them to vote against the Kerry-Hollings bill. Ask them to support retaining the NHTSA's authority to set standards. It is expected that the bill will be debated and come to a vote during the week of February 25 when Congress returns from the current recess. Please act now. The switchboard number of the Senate is 202-224-3121.