Dealerships oppose to proposed EPA fuel-efficiency letter grading

EPA, DOT propose new design for fuel-economy labels

Earlier this week, we reported that the NHTSA and EPA are each proposing a new standard of auto grading based on fuel efficiency. The 17,000-member National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) has voiced its opposition to the measures, stating that such changes would “confuse the buying public, make vehicle purchasing decisions more difficult or treat certain automakers or fuel types unfairly.”

The organization says that it will however, back the alternative option offered by the agencies; a more modest revision of the current automotive sticker design, which the two agencies say are desperate need of refreshment.

“We think a new label is absolutely necessary to help consumers make the right decision for their wallet and for the environment,” said Gina McCarthy, an assistant EPA administrator.

Groups representing automakers have expressed concerns over the grading system being too judgmental, and invocative of ‘school-yard memories of passing and failing.’

– By: Stephen Calogera

Source: Detroit News