Fuel ef­fi­cient ve­hi­cles may make the grade

The Kansas City Star (Sunday) - - FRONT PAGE - By KEN THOMAS

En­ergy, en­vi­ron­men­tal in­for­ma­tion should be up­graded on ve­hi­cles for the 2012-model year.

Will your new car get an A in fuel ef­fi­ciency?

A govern­ment pro­posal may add let­ter grades to show­room win­dow stick­ers on new cars and trucks to re­flect a ve­hi­cle’s over­all fuel econ­omy and green­house gas emis­sions.

The U.S. Trans­porta­tion Depart­ment and En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency said Mon­day they were con­sid­er­ing two op­tions to up­grade the en­ergy and en­vi­ron­men­tal in­for­ma­tion on la­bels for new ve­hi­cles in car deal­er­ship show­rooms, be­gin­ning with the 2012-model year. The govern­ment is con­sid­er­ing a let­ter-grade ap­proach or up­dat­ing the de­sign of the cur­rent sticker to in­clude com­par­isons of a ve­hi­cle’s fuel econ­omy and tailpipe emis­sions.

Shop­pers could scan the win­dow stick­ers to com­pare ve­hi­cles when look­ing for a new car or truck.

The stick­ers have not been up­dated sig­nif­i­cantly in three decades, and the govern­ment wants the la­bels to re­flect emerg­ing ve-


These are the two stick­ers fed­eral reg­u­la­tors are con­sid­er­ing to give shop­pers more in­for­ma­tion.

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