Fuel efficient Toyota sales up 11.7% in U.S. - auto industry fights emissions standards

Tue, 2007-04-03 15:09Kevin Grandia
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Fuel efficient Toyota sales up 11.7% in U.S. - auto industry fights emissions standards

Today's reported auto-industry numbers, show just how backwards things have become in the fight to reduce oil consumption and reduce C02 emissions.

Yesterday, we reported here on the hypocrisy of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturer's fighting a Supreme Court ruling that could enact tough new CO2 emissions standards on cars and trucks, while stating at the same time on their website that, “Members of the Alliance believe that it is prudent to reduce emissions, including carbon dioxide…”

Now today we see that the only really bright light in the latest auto industry report is in the hybrid car market: Toyota Motor Corp. reports a sales increase of 11.7%, boosted by record hybrid sales, while Ford Motor drops 9% and GM drops 4%. “Record U.S. sales of Toyota and Lexus hybrids have now topped the half-million mark,” says Jim Lentz, Toyota executive vice-president.

So let's get this straight: hybrids reduce CO2 emissions and fuel consumption, the public wants to buy them, so let's spend our time fighting new vehicle emissions standards!?

And so goes the battle against action on global warming, where even areas of mutual agreeance cannot be tolerated.

Comments

A few years ago, I dumped my Ford stock and bought Toyota. Haven’t regretted that decision for one minute!
Since you contend the market is doing it’s job, and sales of hybrid cars are up, then clearly more onerous government regulation is unnecessary. Or are we suffering some sort of bureaucracy shortage?

Car companies use to produce electric cars that emit less harmful gasses. This is cheaper than fueled cars. Also this is the resolution government imposed to lessen the air pollution filling the air that causes much warm that turns to climate changes. New York Auto Show is normally a star studded affair, with a whole bunch of auto execs showing off luxury cars that no one can afford, nobody cares about, and break down in a year anyway.  Well, the recession didn’t stop them from doing it anyway, but this year’s New York Auto Show was a stripped down affair.  No short term loans were needed to put on the spread, but they still unveiled new models like the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee.  The new models shown off aren’t likely to spark sales, as they have been nothing short of abysmal for the last year.

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